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Johann Elias Ridinger, The Catching of the Bears

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). La Prise des Ours. The Catching of the Bears. In dense forest a pit baited by a honey pot, into which one of the bears just falls, while the other goes off roaring. Etching with engraving. (1729.) Inscribed: 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. 13⅛ × 16⅛ in (33.3 × 41 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 30; Catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger appendix 3A (“Old impressions with the original title. The paper has lines as watermark.”). – From the unnumbered early 36-sheet Princes’ Pleasure , listed by literature as its 18th sheet. – Margins 3-4.7 cm wide. – Small wormhole in the lower left of the subject and inconspicuous tiny abrasion in the central foliage. On the back scribbles by a collector’s grandson.

“ Because the bear is a very strong wild and, if wounded, quite wrathful animal, that at its hunt there frequently is great danger for both humans horse and hounds, also cloths or nets are unable to harm it … ”

THE AS INSTRUCTIVE AS PAINTERLY SHEET

– not by chance already in 1901 Ernst Welisch qualified Ridinger as the indisputably “most important Augsburg landscapist of this time” –

IN MARVELOUS IMPRESSION OF VIBRANT CHIAROSCURO

as in such quality rare of old.

Offer no. 15,480 | EUR 1100. | export price EUR 1045. (c. US$ 1263.) + shipping


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