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Johann Elias Ridinger, Crow Magpie and Raven Lodge

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Crow Magpie and Raven Lodge! “There it stands before us as a mound with shooting holes from which is shot presently. Above on a pole the eagle owl sits, attacked and frightened by many birds, below lie and flap killed and wounded birds” (Th.). The mound surrounded by not just bare, but dead trees as vanitas symbols, in the background of the light winter scenery a larger village. On the left in the mound the entrance to the lodge secured with planks and door, in front horse skull and other bait. Etching with engraving. (1750.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above. 9⅞ × 14¼ in (25.1 × 36.3 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 98; Ridinger catalog Darmstadt, 1999, III.20 with ill.; Ridinger catalog Kielce, 1997, 42; Deutsches Leben der Vergangenheit, Eugen Diederichs, Jena 1908, ill. 1488. – Sheet 30 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.

On laid paper with large fleur-de-lis watermark. – Small rust spot in the upper left corner. On the left two tiny tears in the white paper margin of 1.5 cm around backed acid-freely. – Exceedingly lively subject.

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