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Johann Elias Ridinger, The Catching of the Bears

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). La Prise des Ours. The Catching of the Bears. In dense forest a pit baited by a honey pot, into which one of the bears just falls, while the other goes off roaring. Etching & engraving. (1729.) Inscribed: avec privil. de Sa. Maj. Imp. / I. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. Sculps. et excud. Aug.Vind., otherwise as above and with German-French didactic text. 13⅛ × 16⅛ in (33.3 × 41 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 30; Catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger appendix 3A (“Old impressions with the original title. The paper has lines as watermark.”). – From the unnumbered early 36-sheet Princes’ Pleasure , listed by literature as its 18th sheet. – Margins 3-4.7 cm wide. – Small wormhole in the lower left of the subject and inconspicuous tiny abrasion in the central foliage. On the back scribbles by a collector’s grandson. – Marvelous impression of vibrant chiaroscuro as in such quality rare of old.

Offer no. 15,480 / price on application