Ridinger, Gutting the Stag

Rarely in the Picture — The Gutting of the Stag

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). If the noble stag has perished he is gutted, the entrails taken out, the right foreleg detached, handed over to the piqueur, and by the same presented to the master and mistress. Etching with engraving. Inscribed: J. E. Ridinger inv. del. sc. et exc. A. V., otherwise in German as above. 14⅛ × 11 in (36 × 27.8 cm).

Sheet 2 of the pendants lead off by the coursed hare. – Thienemann & Schwarz (vol. I, pl. VII) 100; Weigel XXVIII, Ridinger, 8 A; Nagler 41; Silesian R. coll. with Boerner XXXIX, 1788/89 ( “Very rare”, 1885! ); Coppenrath Coll. II, 1457 ( “Very rare”, 1889! ); Reich auf Biehla Coll. 16 (“Rare”, 1894!); George Hamminger Coll. 1539 (“Rare”, 1895!); Schwerdt III, 135; Ortega y Gasset, Meditationen über die Jagd, 1981, cover ill. (detail) & ill. p. 73; Ridinger catalog Darmstadt, 1999, V.2 with illustration.

Ceremonial  climax  of  the  chase

with the tent of the princely hunting party in short distance on the left, in-between the pack held back of which only five are allowed to wait for the signal for the great feed directly on the place of desire. Front right the bowl over the heavily smoking fire.

Later, albeit fine warm-toned impression of rich chiaroscuro on wove paper with margins 1.5-2.5 cm wide around. Top left in this three small tears backed acid-freely and two smaller tear-offs.

The  top-arched  pendants  were  missing  in  Helbing’s  1554-sheet  offer  of  1900

as well as Rosenthal’s of 1940 (444 lots). For the preparatory drawing in reverse from 1758 for the Curée of the Stag, now Bavarian private collection, see Schwerdt III, 215 with plate 251, qualified as

“ … quite  apart  from  its  artistic  value ,

an  interesting  document  from  a  historical  point  of  view ”

with the distinguishing consequence of the illustration of both in each Schwarz and Ortega.

And on occasion of the offer of Schwerdt’s preparatory drawing to present sheet L’Art Ancien in Zurich 1939 — listing 14, Johann Elias Ridinger, no. 30 with cover illustration — described the sujet in letter-spacing as

“ One  of  the  most  beautiful  Ridinger  plates .”

Offer no. 16,170 / EUR  590. / export price EUR  561. (c. US$ 678.) + shipping

– – – together with the pendant of the coursed hare

Offer no. 16,179 / EUR  998. / export price EUR  948. (c. US$ 1146.) + shipping

– – – The Two Pendants in another copy from an old omnibus volume from the estate of a nobleman on uniform, yet variedly strong laid paper with typographic watermark. – Numbered by old hand above the platemark XI & XII. – The hare sheet partially inked a little too much, the right lower corner of the stag sheet somewhat age spotted. – Margins above & below 4.8-5.4, laterally 1.9-2.8 cm wide, at the left the old stitching edge. – See the complete description.

Offer no. 15,704 / EUR  1700. / export price EUR  1615. (c. US$ 1952.) + shipping

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