Johann Elias Ridinger, Drilling Pike for a wild Cat or Marten

How Rare , How Rich , How Painterly !

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Drilling Pike for a wild Cat or Marten. The mighty trap set up in thick forest at springe steps with a greedily grabbing he-cat and detailed A-H. Etching with engraving by 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 and below. 10 × 14⅝ in (25.5 × 37.2 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 83; Ridinger catalog Darmstadt, 1999, V.16 with ill. – Not in the 1997 Ridinger catalog Kielce. – Sheet 15 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 9 lines caption:

“ Where one sets springes for fieldfare, snipes and other winged game in the narrow wood paths … there quite soon come martens, foxes and wildcats … and take the catched birds

whereby then the hunter goes short .

To ease this as also to capture these carnivores … the drilling pike are very good … ”

“ … ‘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 as constructive as atmospheric sheet.

Offer no. 15,850 | EUR 630. | export price EUR 599. (c. US$ 724.) + shipping

– – – The same in a fine impression on strong laid paper with typographic watermark (WANGEN?) and 5-8 mm wide margin around in addition to the 1 cm wide white platemark.

Offer no. 16,148 | EUR 595. | export price EUR 565. (c. US$ 683.) + shipping

„ die (Ridinger-)Graphiken (Th. 9-12 per 28.885) sind unversehrt … angekommen, herzlichen Dank. Es sind wundervolle Arbeiten, wir sind sehr begeistert … “

(Herr R. G., 30. Dezember 2009)


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