Johann Elias Ridinger, Plank Trap for a Fox on the Pit

“ The Third Time He will come for certain ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Plank Trap for a Fox on the Pit. “In front a living bird is chained up so that it can flap up. To snatch it the fox has placed himself full length over the plank and is about to topple into the pit” (Th.). Etching with engraving. (1750.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. sc. et exc. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above and below. 9⅞ × 14 in (25 × 35.7 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 86; Ridinger catalog Darmstadt, 1999, III.18 with ill. – Not in the 1997 Ridinger catalog Kielce. – Sheet 18 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). – Warm-toned impression. – With 6 lines caption:

“ In places where one notices that foxes keep their exits and entrances a pit 3. ells or deeper is dug, in the diameter as big as the fox cannot leap over it from the seesaw plank … then the seesaw plank is mounted to a hinge which goes easily, more weight kept behind but just as much that as soon the fox passes over the hinge, and comes to snatch the live or dead bird … fastened on the plank, the plank quickly falls down by the overweight gotten from him hence the fox is forced to fall into the pit where one can have him alive or dead … old foxes frequently take the bait up to the trap and yet won’t go onto it, for these one shall place a fine morsel up front and … fasten the trap has he succeeded once or twice as can be seen by the removed bait so the third time he will come for certain … ”

“ … ‘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).

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Johann Elias Ridinger, Plank Trap for a Fox on the Pit

– – – The same, but evenly slightly browned and trimmed up to the edge of the subject/caption (sheet size 9¼ × 13½ in [23.5 × 34.3 cm]). Within the text at the lower left corner tiny hole backed acid-freely. In such a manner quite age-marked, however, with mat pictorially acceptable. – In the white field right off the title Cyrillic (?) inscription in bister of old.

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“ Pursuant to your last kind e-mail, I am placing my personal check in the amount of US$ … in the mail today. When it arrive, please send the print … It has been a pleasure dealing with you ”

(Mr. + Mrs. R. G. S., October 30, 2002)


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