Johann Elias Ridinger, The entrance of a Deer Park with two Automatic Doors

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The entrance of a Deer Park with two Automatic Doors. In dense wood a clearing edged with palisades, through the door mechanism of which a Two-Year-Old Stag leaps in. Front right and on the left below trees four deer. Etching with engraving. (1750.) Inscribed: Joh. Elias Ridinger inv. del. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above and below. 9⅞ × 14¼ in (25 × 36.2 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 73; – Not in the Ridinger catalogs Darmstadt (1999) and Kielce (1997). – Sheet 5 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 7 lines caption detailed a-f:

“ The high entrances are not always installed with advantage and with this manner the deer will misjump less … the openings of the doors of which there may be several are set up in those places where one finds the most traces, however, several piece game are kept in this garden which the stags scent especially in rutting season, if now a stag moves along the planks on the outside … and comes to the outer door a. which stands open at all times and hears game so he goes in through the covered opening c. in the midst of this alley a brass wire … is run across … if the stag now touches this wire so … the drawstrings of the outer and inner door get by the attached weight that they pull the doors a. outside shut and b. inside open … a diligent hunter reconnoiters the entrances has something got trapped then the inward door is closed the outward one opened anew … so everything is in order for a new capture … ”

“ … ‘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).

On strong laid paper with large fleur-de-lis watermark. – Margins on three sides 4.8-7.2 cm wide, on the left fine margin of 3 mm outside the white platemark of 5 mm. – Various smaller tears in the slightly creased white far edge below backed acid-freely.

Offer no. 16,145 | EUR 590. | export price EUR 561. (c. US$ 678.) + shipping

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