Johann Elias Ridinger, Break Trap set for a Fox

The Far Rarer One of the Two Fox Traps

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Break Trap set for a Fox. The mighty trap in adequately original ambience. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). (1750.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. et del. / Mart. El. Ridinger sculps. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above and below. 9⅝ × 14½ in (24.5 × 36.7 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 87; Ridinger catalog Kielce, 1997, 38 with ill. – Not in the 1999 Ridinger catalog Darmstadt. – Sheet 19 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 6 lines caption detailed A-K:

“ When one is certified that a fox or badger occupies an earth, which one cannot get by digging out of the same and those laid irons, so this kind of traps is one of the most proven,

its structure shows by itself how they are made and prepared ,

however , the following has to be noted … ”

“ … ‘The Ways to trap the Wild Animals’ belong to the chief works among Ridinger’s representations of the hunt … here, too, extensive captions are added to the plates which elucidate the depiction … This – typical for Ridinger –

combination of high-quality work of art and … text

should be a reason for the great success of his works ”

(Stefan Morét, Ridinger catalog Darmstadt, 1999, pp. 106 f., erroneously stating 31 sheet as belonging to).

Splendid , wide-margined  impression  of this for the practician so constructive and for the landscapist so atmospheric sheet. – Wordmark watermark.

Offer no. 15,845 / EUR  630. / export price EUR  599. (c. US$ 724.) + shipping

– – – The same in a fine impression on strong laid paper. – Margins above and on the right 4.6-4.9, on the left and below 1.2-3.3 cm wide with narrow diagonal cut-off of 7 cm in the white margin at the lower left corner.

Offer no. 16,152 / EUR  570. / export price EUR  542. (c. US$ 655.) + shipping

„ … sind die Dachse perfekt verpackt und verschnürt bei mir … angekommen. Schon das Auspacken des Bildes hat mir große Freude gemacht und der ‚Ridinger‘ gefällt mir sehr gut, da es eine realistische Stimmung am Bau wiederspiegelt … werde ihn unter meiner Dachsschwarte aufhängen … Ich nehme dies zum Anlaß auch weiterhin in ihrem Fundus zu suchen … Besonderen Dank auch für die Beilage der Dez. 08 Ausgabe von Wild & Hund mit dem gelungenen (Ridinger-)Artikel … Ihnen nochmals herzlichen Dank für ihre fabelhafte Arbeit … “

(Herr K. R., 19. Juni 2009)


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