Johann Elias Ridinger, How to capture a Fox or Badger with the Wire Snare

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). How to capture a Fox or Badger with the Wire Snare. On a clearing before the exit of his earth blocked sideways with pegs “Reynard hangs from the spring gallows like a footpad and spews blood” (Th.). Etching with engraving. (1750.) Inscribed: Joh. Elias Ridinger inv. de. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above and below. 9¾ × 14¼ in (24.7 × 36.1 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 88; – Not in the Ridinger catalogs Darmstadt (1999) and Kielce (1997). – Sheet 20 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-g:

“ In the case of these animals one has set its earth at a place where nature herself has provided the occasion for it that one can accomplish nothing by digging out or bringing in those dachshunds … so the wire snare … is quite a certain means … everything goes off and by the springing of the pole he is captured by the noose by the neck or around the body so that it breaks its neck or back hence is captured without injury of the hide or skin. ”

“ … ‘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 typographic watermark (WANGEN?). – Margins above and below 4.3-4.7, laterally 5.6-7.5 cm wide– In the far left white margin and especially at the lower corner a little creased. – Shiningly fine impression.

Offer no. 16,153 | EUR 630. | export price EUR 599. (c. US$ 724.) + shipping

„ Sie haben wieder einmal in unverkennbarer Weise Ihr Unternehmen und Ihre Philosophie dargeboten. Ich wünsche Ihnen – beiden – auch in diesem Jahr viel Erfolg und Gefolgschaft von Ihren alten und hoffentlich auch neuen Kunden und natürlich auch persönliches Wohlergehen … “

(Herr D. L., 4. Januar 2010)


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