Johann Elias Ridinger, The Boar Hunt

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). La Chasse du Sanglier. The Boar Hunt. In dense forest “hunters mounted and on foot, some sounding. The boar hounds have grabbed a big boar, and a hunter just kills it” (Th.). Etching with engraving. (1729.) Inscribed: Pars IIItia / avec privil de Sa. Maj. Imp. / I. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. Sculps. et excud. Aug.Vind., otherwise as above and with German-French didactic text. 13¼ × 16⅛ in (33.6 × 41 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 34; Catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger appendix 3A (“Old impressions with the original title. The paper has lines as watermark.”); Juliane Scheffold, (18th Century Hunting Methods), in Triesdorfer Hefte 9, (The Hunt of the Margraves of Brandenburg-Ansbach in Early Modernity), 2010, pp. 61 f. with ills.

Served about 1770 as model of the part décor of the sugar bowl of the Meissen Déjeuner-Service Pietsch (ed.), Porzellan Parforce, Munich 2005, no. 75 with ills.

From the unnumbered early 36-sheet Princes’ Pleasure , listed by literature as its 22nd sheet. – Watermark Great Fleur-de-lis (Strasbourg?) visible in outline only. – Margins on three sides 2-4.3, on the right 5.5 cm wide. – Slight box pleat in the already rather marginal left subject with two long, yet done margin tears extending above still 5.5 cm into the foliage, below, however, only affecting the text field and 5 mm of the subject’s edge and generally somewhat age-marked including two wormholes, one of which in the foliage of the left part of the subject. – On the back scribbles by a collector’s grandson.

“ This is one of the funniest, but also most dangerous hunts since a wild boar is such an able-bodied animal which spares neither man horse and hounds … ”

The compositionally fine sheet – not by chance already in 1901 Ernst Welisch qualified Ridinger as the indisputably “most important Augsburg landscapist of this time” – in an impression of nuanced vibrant chiaroscuro.

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