Johann Elias Ridinger, The Wolf in the Iron Trap

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Wolf in the Iron Trap. The iron mounted on a chain strangling the neck. In the background clearing edged by palisades. Etching with engraving. (1750.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above and below. 9¾ × 14⅜ in (24.9 × 36.4 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 85; Ridinger catalog Kielce, 1997, 37. – Not in the 1999 Ridinger catalog Darmstadt. – Sheet 17 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-e:

“ If wolves are traced so first bait … is dragged, if one is certain that the wolf has been at the drag the iron is set in a place where the wolf passes or trots otherwise it is handled as following … if now the wolf got at the bait towards the iron and wants to take away the lure itself, too, so both frames go off and … as lightning turn upwards … also the iron should be fastened on a chain e. else it might happen if the wolf has trapped himself with one leg only he would carry away the same. ”

“ … ‘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).

Rich in contrast. – Repairs in the left margin and below left partly touching also still the white platemark.

Offer no. 28,010 | EUR 445. | export price EUR 423. (c. US$ 511.) + shipping

– – – The same on strong laid paper with large fleur-de-lis watermark. – Margins on three sides 12 mm, below 4 mm wide in addition to the white platemark of 5 mm. – Two pleats originating from printing still extending into the subject perceptible in outline within the caption only. – At/close to the lower left corner small restored tears in the white paper margin.

Offer no. 16,150 | EUR 445. | export price EUR 423. (c. US$ 511.) + shipping

„ … zugleich bedanke ich mich für alles, was Sie im alten Jahr für mich getan haben. Mit vielen Grüßen Ihr … “

(Herr W. W., 20. Dezember 2008)


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