Johann Elias Ridinger, Ways to trap the Wild Animals (title)

“ The Title
belongs to the Finest Engravings
of German Rococo ”

L’Art Ancien 1938

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Representations designed from Nature How all Big and Small Game, along with the Winged Game is trapped alive or dead in various manner with Reason Artifice and Force! Etching with engraving. Inscribed in German: All drawn from life and published by Johann Elias Ridinger in Augspurg in the year 1750. May. 10th, otherwise as before together with 8 lines explanation in German. 9¾ × 14¼ in (24.9 × 36.3 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz (vol. I, plate V & ills. p. 69) 69; Ridinger catalog Darmstadt, 1999, V.9 with ills.; Ridinger catalog Kielce, 1997, 27.

Dominating centrally the hooded falcon

literally enthroned above a scutcheon-like arabesque. At his claws a larger bird defending its nest of eggs against a he-cat already caught in a foothold trap. On the right, on his part dominantly sitting, an eagle owl. Far left a row of toils and the here variedly equipped known pole with bleating sheep on the cartwheel at top. Otherwise traps, nets, firearm as messenger of destruction up to the shooting horse on fenced farm paddock far right.

The only rarely to be captured constructive title sheet

to 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).

“ … ‘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).

Known on the market from the 1980s the richly washed original drawing in the same direction as the engraving from the small group of the master’s bewitchingly beautiful painterlies. – Supposedly watermarked WANGEN as one of the papers preferred by Ridinger. – The wide white margin partially minimally foxing.

Offer no. 15,848 | EUR 630. | export price EUR 599. (c. US$ 724.) + shipping

„ vielen Dank für die prompte Lieferung! … Nach diesem Kupferstich (Hogarth, Sleeping Congregation) habe ich übrigens ziemlich lang gesucht – offenbar immer an der falschen Stelle – und bin jetzt außerordenlich froh, ein so unversehrtes Exemplar zu besitzen … Herzlichen Dank noch mal und freundliche Grüße “

(Herr C. K., 28. Juni 2012)


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