Johann Elias Ridinger, An Otter in the Trap and the Steel Iron

Two Traps show more than just One

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). An Otter in the Trap and the Steel Iron. “Water, reeds, rocks and two captured otters are to be seen here” (Th.). Etching with engraving von 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. 9⅞ × 14½ in (25 × 36.9 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 93; – Not in the Ridinger catalogs Darmstadt (1999) and Kielce (1997). – In the Gutmann Collection a proof “before all letters” (Schwarz 93a). – Sheet 25 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 8 lines caption:

“ As these animals belong among the amphibia which live in the water and on the land thereby create great damage at the fish in pools, lakes, creeks and rivers, so they are much hunted as carnivores … the most usual means is that one lies steel irons for them below the water onto poles driven in for this … Another kind of traps is required when they have done their earths between the rocks and chasms bordering on the water where one cannot get at them, so a place is looked for through which they pass, also the water is shallow … and builds represented trap onto … comes now the otter at the same and touches it, so the upper beam falls down and transfixes it with its pikes that one can get the old along with the young ones by and by. ”

“ … ‘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. – 4-7 mm margin around the itself 1 cm wide white platemark. – Small rust or brown spot at the lower edge of the caption, a tiny tear in the white paper margin at the lower left corner backed acid-freely. – Very painterly instructive subject.

Offer no. 16,158 / EUR  590. / export price EUR  561. (c. US$ 678.) + shipping

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