“ … make  a  quite  pretty  hunt ”

The  Toils  of  1717  –  The  Toils  Plate  of  1729

Unprecedentedly  Unique  +  Brilliant

the  Unison  of  Time  +  Sujet

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Hunting Ground surrounded by Flaring Cords. In front feather cord, set back above

the  row  of  toils

– “ also  the  kind  of  the  hunting  stuff , toils , toils  windlass , etc.

is  used  pictorially ”

(Franz von Kobell as a “true huntsman” [ADB], 1865 –

under which the first stag already dies while a royal one still is about to leap over these, but will himself fall prey to the fire of the shooter front right. In the interior of the forest another noble one rather prefers to give the hunters the slip by putting offside. Printing-plate in reverse. (1729.) Inscribed: Ioh. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. sculps. et exc. A. V. / avec privil. de sa Majeste Imp. 12 × 9¼ in (30.5 × 23.4 cm).

Hunting Toils of George William Margrave at Brandenburg-Bayreuth (1678-1726, reigning since 1712) with Hohenzollern Eagle between the monogram GWMZB and the year 1717 on the front and

raised  stag  of  12  points  held  at  bay  by  hound  of  the  pack

on the reverse side.  Set  of  four  at  obviously  original  rope  of 13 ft 2⅝ in (403 cm) length + 2 × 7⅞ in (20 cm) hooking turn up. Hand-cloth-printing in reddish brown + black on sacking-colored (3) and grey ground resp. 24⅜-24¾ × 13¾-15¾ in (62-63 × 35-40 cm).

Illustration of the reverse in Juliane Scheffold, (Hunting Methods in the 18th Century), in Triesdorfer Hefte 9, (The Hunt of the Margraves of Brandenburg-Ansbach in Early Modernity), 2010, page 52.

In  outside  as  inside  uniform

Johann Elias Ridinger + George William Margrave at Brandenburg, The Hunting Ground surrounded by Flaring Cords

joint  ruby  red  morocco  Solander  box

(29¾ × 18⅞ × 3¼ in [75.5 × 48 × 8.2 cm]) with 4 ornamental raised bands, 2 dark green gilt back-plates, gilt bipartite title with year as well as gilt lining on the front cover as well as “ridinger handlung niemeyer” at the lower inner edge of the back cover, all in 23.5 carat, with the solitaires laid into under polycarbonate glass (more resistant to aging + UV light than Plexiglas, but equally scratch-sensitive).

On  the  left  the optically excellently preserved

original  printing-plate

to one of the eight smaller-sized sheets (Thienemann + Schwarz 17; Stubbe, 1966, plate 4) of the instructive educational set of the “Princes’ Hunting Pleasure” from 1729 worked in etching with engraving as the earliest one of the major hunting sets of the œuvre now executed in the plate by Ridinger himself and here traced back far beyond Thieme-Becker (vol. XXVIII, 1933, p. 308) + Thienemann (1856, p. XXIII) seamlessly directly to the master’s estate itself as a worldwide unique collector’s object of degree. – Sheltered from tarnishing by fine application of varnish the present plate is generally printable in the ordinary course of its use during the times, but its final quality is not warranted. – Because of a faulty screw top left only limitedly removable.

Thematically , however, belonging to the hunt-didactic works of Ridinger’s, his effort to pass on to all,

from  the  apprentice  upwards ,

the  sportsmanlike equipment a good hunter needs. Correspondingly then the rich – in reverse here of course – caption, parallel in German + French:

“ This has been invented for both big and small game so that without special costs and much stuff one can give oneself a pleasant joy, make a pretty hunt with few folks and just one leader. When the stags, or roes are surrounded

one  takes

Johann Elias Ridinger, The Hunting Ground surrounded by Flaring Cords

these  cloth-toils

in bundles on a hook, lets them run off and then surrounds the thicket or place where the game is accustomed to stay in, such has to happen in as much silence as possible. There are also feather cords bound below so that not some game leaps beneath. If it is now surrounded so the huntsmen disperse for their places on the outside; after that one starts quite leisurely to drive as then the game is used to run about, and presents itself to the hunter to shoot; it has to be taken good care, however, that there is not shot from many places at the same time, for so one forces them too heavily they fall over the cords and bolt. ”

(Which latter situation the shooter is waiting beyond the cords faces.)

La Chasse environnée des Cordes

“ Cette maniere de chasser est propre pour toutes sortes de Venaison ou on peut se divertir sans beaucoup de depenses et a peu de gens et d’un seul chien Quand les Cerfs ou les Chevreuils se trouvent renfermés dans un bois, ou environ(n)e cet endroit ou les bêtes se tiennent avec des Enceintes; cela se doit faire en cachete et en silence qu’il est possible, et ces enceintes se doivent bien fermer en bas asinque les Bêtes ne puissant echapper. Quand cela est fait soigneusement, les Veneurs se partagent de toutes cotés, et se mettent en poste. Alors on commence à lancer les Bêtes qui courent ou on les tire aisement. Mais il y a bien à observer, qu’on doit prendre garde que plusieurs ne tirent ensemble, car quand les Bêtes sont forcées trop, elles tachent de s’enfager outres les enceites et echapent. ”

“ … the  setting  up  and  design  of  the  hunt  (however)

belonged  to  the  artistic  jobs  of  the  18th  century ”

(so in a 1991 exhibition catalogue of the Hamburg Art Gallery commenting on a Ridinger item).

The hunt in the age of Ridinger thus art-historically no longer understood separately on its own, separate thus also not Ridinger himself as its mere protagonist, but seen as standing in closest context with the century as a whole. Thereby, however, its undisputed Grand Master no longer stands for simply the hunt, but just for a whole epoch. With all the challenge for research which inevitably results from this. And also results from it as at the same place

“ the  engraved , etched , and  mezzotinted  work  of  Ridinger

is  compared  as  equal-ranking

to  the  major  graphic  works  of  the  18th  century . ”

That is, literally:

“ As Piranesi addressed those interested in the ancient , Hogarth the civic common sense by their works (likewise) annotated by engraved explanations, Ridinger doubtless had the interest of the courts and the nobility on his side . ”

Adequately exemplary for the above then

the  magnificent  printing-plate  worked  by  the  master  himself ,

arranged in the ruby red morocco interior of the front cover of the Solander box with the gilt tooled subinscription

Johann Elias Ridinger, Toils Copy (title stamp)

The theme of the toils is found with Ridinger obviously only still on the sceneries Th. 337 (etched/engraved by his eldest, Martin Elias, the plate besides traded here already into the possession of a museum) , Th. 327 (Martin Elias after J. D. Wochner) and only less complete with Th. 304.


On  the  right  then  as  documents  of  the practice itself  the toils of just that engraved everyday hunt life vis-à-vis. And the creation of both

in  a  chronological  interval  of  just  12  years !

And thematically tailor-made on the top of it!  And  four  at  a  piece  into  the  bargain !  Commented as

“ in the closer sense the clothes, nets, and toils required for the arrangement of encircled huntings. One distinguishes: 1) Dazzle clothes which have the purpose to shrink back the game; to this effect belong … b) Cloth toils consisting of large toils of strong grey cloth about ½ m in the square fixed on top of a 150 paces long rope thick as a finger on which are placed

the  monogram  of  the  hunting  lord ,

often  also  the  year  of  making

(as both then here) … One arranges these toils as freely as possible so they can be seen by the game already from afar on the lines over which it shall not flee away … Especially in windy weather the game is frightened away by the toils fluttering to and fro. But when it is very much disturbed, so it respects these no longer … After each use the hunting clothes must be well dried and overhauled. One keeps the same in special hunting cloth houses which are so installed that sufficient air can flue constantly therewith the clothes will not become foxing … ”

(Meyers Convers.-Lex., 4th ed., IX [1889], 127 f.).

This caring preservation then present set of four corresponds to with respect

to  its  purpose  of  use ,

that  is  its  game  pedigree .

Inevitably faded and with color abrasions, indeed, but not moldy, the general condition is fine with the most beautiful one lying on top presenting the


with  reverse  shining  through

of  the  master’s  of  the  hunt  monogram  +  the  year .

The hunt dominion of additional prominence as the Ordre de la Sincérité – Order of Sincerity – founded by Margrave George William in 1705 and organized in 1712, renamed to Red Eagle Order by Margrave George Frederick Charles in 1734, became under the latter name the second highest Prussian order in 1792! And by this one of the major ones of the age. – Shortly ,


Johann Elias Ridinger + George William Margrave at Brandenburg, The Hunting Ground surrounded by Flaring Cords

for  hands  which

as  an

overall  work  of  art  sui  generis

There’s  nothing  more  elitist

And  at  least  in  conjunction  with  Ridinger  worldwide  unique  on  the  market .

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