Johann Elias Ridinger, An Otter in the Trap and the Steel Iron

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). An Otter in the Trap and the Steel Iron. “Water, reeds, rocks and two captured otters are to be seen here” (Th.). Etching with engraving von Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). (1750.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. et exc. Aug. Vind. / Mart. El. Ridinger sculps. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above. 9⅞ × 14½ in (25 × 36.9 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 93; – Not in the Ridinger catalogs Darmstadt (1999) and Kielce (1997). – In the Gutmann Collection a proof “before all letters” (Schwarz 93a). – Sheet 25 of the instructive 30-sheet set Ways to trap the Wild Animals (“A rare set, of importance to those who are interested in the various methods of trapping wild animals”, Schwerdt 1928, and “Rarest of All Hunting Sets by Ridinger” [Halle, Munich 1928, LXVIII/323]), as a whole missing even in Helbing’s monumental offer Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger (catalog XXXIV [1900], 1554 lots). – With 8 lines caption.

On strong laid paper with typographic watermark WANGEN. – 4-7 mm margin around the itself 1 cm wide white platemark. – Small rust or brown spot at the lower edge of the caption, a tiny tear in the white paper margin at the lower left corner backed acid-freely. – Very painterly instructive subject.

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