The Construction of the Trap detailed by Numbers
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Compulsory Trap before the Earth of a Badger. In fine mountainscape Master Brock just leaves his earth – and thus rushes into his destruction. 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. 9¾ × 14½ in (24.9 × 36.8 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 92; Ridinger catalog Kielce, 1997, 41. – Not in the 1999 Ridinger catalog Darmstadt. – The preparatory drawing in reverse from February 1748 then in the Schwerdt Collection (III, 217/3). – Sheet 24 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 , 1554 lots). – With 6 lines caption detailed a-f:
“ If a badger or fox made his earth at a place where one can get at with this kind of traps, the same is exactly installed before the earth … however, all other tunnels have to be stopped well. Yet the box a. is 1½. foot wide and high, long 2. foot … (as soon as) the animal in the earth … now touches the same … the drop board … will be banged down, as it then gets the badger or fox in the small of the back, it breaks the same that they stick without harm of the skin or hide. ”
“ … ‘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. – 5-6 mm margin around the itself 8-9 mm wide white platemark. – As painterly as instructive.
Offer no. 16,157 / EUR 530. / export price EUR 504. (c. US$ 609.) + shipping
„ vielen Dank für Ihre Sendung (Würbs, Halle/Saale, von Presslers Garten aus gesehen). Damit war Weihnachten ein voller Erfolg … “
(Frau M. R., 25. Dezember 2011)