Taken  for  you  out  of  an  old  album

So  that  Your  Hunting  Year

shall  be  princely

And as leader unchanged the proven ridinger shall let you keep the track. Just as he already answered for last year’s fine bag, laid equally by old as new relations with the 25-year-old complete extremely scarce , precious set Hunting with Hounds Th. 9-12 as the year’s most desired trophy. You remember its opening One doesn’t see it … together with its brittle reference to yet a second copy of the standard here in the youngest hand. The former was quite quickly secured by the first, closely followed by a second while for the time being single-sheet gourmets – apart  currently still available Th. 9 , Departure  for  Hunting , in the first state, nevertheless trimmed with loss of the caption – were referred to the starting holes. Then the third hunter for the complete. Who would not give up. And so, and not even unhappily, claimed the second copy for the museum. To email after receipt : “These  are  wonderful  works , we  are  very  enthused .”

And so present next invitation to hunting might show no less promising. And comes up with 31 of the 36 sheet from the meanwhile 31-year-old master’s earliest large set, foremost now worked and published himself in etching & engraving , his comprehensively inscribed , painterly  beautiful


of  the  Excellent  Princes’  Pleasure  or  the

Noble  Hunting

of  1729 .

That hunting-technically so highly important set thus, whose textbook-like rich German-French captions follow Ridinger’s however not to be kept intent uttered in the preface

“ to  show  all  kinds  and  manners  of  hunting …

also  the  track  or  trace , of  any  game …

thus  endeavoring  to  furnish  this  work  with  quite  a  perfection ”.

Including then also Lying  in  wait  for  Hares  and  How  They  are  driven  by  the  Stoberhund . In this respect your ridinger gallerist then is promptly eager to pin on you

oak  leaves

as trophy sweet à la above. By way of its preparatory drawing in reverse traced & on the back ruddled for the transfer into the copper-plate! See ensuing to its engraving Th. 45.

By the latter, but also still two further 66-point stags, the matter of course – “unmistakably niemeyer” as we got to read recently – doesn’t rest yet. For the drawing has a past! The provenance of a gentleman who already actively grew up when the master still created! And later “wrote the initials of his name onto each sheet”!

And  so  Veit-Mario Thiede in the Landshuter Zeitung of August 7, 2003, saw the Ridinger exhibition  Der  Fürsten  Jagdlust  (The  Princes’ Pleasure) then at Bad Mergentheim:

“ That Ridinger’s hunting scenes are artistically valuable far beyond their documentary qualities shows … Praised by admirers as Rafael of the Animals Ridinger knows inimitably to carry away the beholder of his representations. There one can experience the immense excitement of the hunters and servants in front of the wild boar brought to bay while the barking of the hounds really roars in the ears … ”.

Then  only  in temporary exhibition . Here & now  then  the  chance  to  own  permanently . Voilà !

Originating from a theme-specific old Ridinger album including the printed title to the Princes’ Pleasure as according to catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger appendix 3A, only the case with exactly those A-rated copies of the Princes’ Pleasure ( “Old impressions with the original title. The paper has lines as watermark.” ). So with regard to later binding then also the – in each case noted – half-sized sheets (c. 11¾ × 9 in [30 × 23 cm]) are printed on respective full sheets (15¾ × 19¾ in [40 × 50 cm]) corresponding to the otherwise large sizes (c. 13⅜ × 16½ in [34 × 42 cm]). Of which was refrained from later in the interest of optically more balanced sheet proportions.


Lying in wait for Roes. “It happens such at places where one finds their runways and especially in autumn as the buck drives the doe for great randyness very hard yet vainly … as now at such time the buck is very covetous so he can be decoyed quite easily by the roe call …” – Thienemann 37. – Sheet 25 of Th.’s order.

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Johann Elias Ridinger, How the Roes are hunted with Hounds

How the Roes are hunted with Hounds. “Although usually the roes are stalked in the battue or catched in nets, so it happens occasionally that for the particular pleasure they are also hunted with hounds …” In such a manner  rare  representation . – Thienemann 36. – Sheet 24. – Unessential box pleat in the center of the subject, small brown spot in the French text field and small tear in the wide white lower margin backed acid-freely.

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How the Roes are catched in Nets. “In fens morasses or young wood a catching position with nets is made … they are 16 meshes high mostly, as for each mesh 3 inch are reckoned.” – Thienemann 35. – Sheet 23.

Offer no. 15,475 / EUR  1290. / export price EUR  1226. (c. US$ 1417.) + shipping

Johann Elias Ridinger, The Stags fallen into the Net

The Stags fallen into the Net. “If by the leader some stags confirmed …” In thickest wood with instructively big setup of the net. – Thienemann 24. – Sheet 12. – The preparatory drawing used for the transfer into the plate passed here into Rhenish private collection in the early ’90s.

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The Wild Ducks’ Fall. Rocky landscape with waterfall, on which ducks. Of the four hunters two just fire, one aims, and the fourth ducks to not to be seen. The dog at his side already wanting to retrieve. – Thienemann 20. – Sheet 8. – Half-sized. – On the back scribbles by a collector’s grandson.

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Johann Elias Ridinger, Lying in wait for Hares

Lying in wait for Hares and how they are driven by the Stoberhund. “Among so many persecutions which the hare has to endure, also this is one of the heaviest … the right manner to hunt them this way is, if one … has trained before his Stoberhund quite well … Such dogs have to be set on young hares only at first …” – Thienemann 45. – Sheet 33.

Offer no. 15,485 / EUR  1250. / export price EUR  1188. (c. US$ 1373.) + shipping

And  as  already  advised  sweet  to  this

Johann Elias Ridinger, Lying in wait for Hares and How They are driven by the Stoberhund (drawing)

the  preparatory  drawing  in pencil and black chalk, for the transfer into the copper traced and ruddled on the back

still  without  the  3rd  Hare

at  which , however , one  of  the  Hunters  just  aims

On  the  other  hand  missing  in  the  print  the reserve gun leaning at the two already bagged hares.

Fine  large-sized  early  pictorially  worked  painterly  drawing which found its own ways already early and therefore in 1830 did not pass with the 32-sheet (among which 2 duplicate versions) block of preparatory drawings to the Princes’ Pleasure into the immense Weigel inventory of the master’s bequest of drawings and therefore remained unknown to Thienemann (1856, page 274, a, “partly in brown ink and wash, partly in pencil and chalk”, the latter as also present here) just as to the Ridinger appendix of the 1869 catalog of the Collection of Original Drawings now bequeathed by J. A. G. Weigel.

Beside now present preparatory drawing of the hares Th. also lacked that of the Hunting with Hounds (Th. 46) to which an almost equal-sized detail drawing was traded here recently (Bavarian private collection) just as above preparatory drawing of the Stags fallen into the Net, in which aptly before the net likewise a hare takes to his heels.

On finely structured heavy laid paper in the meaning of Renker, Das Buch vom Papier, 2nd ed., p. 101:

“ However, with the progress of the dexterity in the production of the (paper-)mould the refinement of the net increases, it becomes finer and finer. At times the papers of the eighteenth and early nineteenth century show such a fine web that looking through one can barely recognize it anymore. ”

Extraordinarily  charming

the  master’s  working  process  to  be  duplicated  here ,

the  desired  look  over  his  shoulder  at the transfer into the plate. Beside the red chalk on the back the here especially manifold tracing of the important parts on the subject side the filling of which was done freely in the plate, yet is utterly executed here.

From the collection of the physician practicing and publishing in London & Butterwick, Dr. Edward Peart (1756 or 1758 – Butterwick at Gainsborough 1824), “art connoisseur in London, started a collection of drawings and prints, and

wrote  the  initials  of  his  name  onto  each  sheet ”

(Lugt 891; Nagler, Monogramists, II, 1723).

His  written  E P.  here  then  front  lower  left .

As optically evidently in such a manner then a

“ desirable  provenance  copy ”

(Löffler-Kirchner, Lexikon des Gesamten Buchwesens, vol. III [1937], page 360). By his hand supposedly also the inscription “Ridinger 1750” on the back below right, the latter put far too late. “This collection was scattered (per 1822)” (Nagler, 1860, continuing). From this then now here & now the master’s early hare hunting as

a  Ridinger  trouvaille  of  prime  degree .

Drawings by his hand in such quality in regard of theme , execution and – size (!) require the favor of the moment already since long. niemeyer’s is proud to be able to present twenty years after the above to Th. 24 now the one to Th. 45. Thereby both the one then as the present one unknown to literature and thus

elitist  lone  wolves  since  practically  already  the  master’s  time !

The edge of the sheet somewhat age-marked with slight impairment of the “E” of the Peart initial. Here and there unobtrusively somewhat fox spotted, in the outer part of the subject below left a narrow 3 cm dirt stripe, otherwise of fine general impression.

Offer no. 15,438 / price on application

The Deer Park as for “especially rare spotted stags or roes” and other small game. – Thienemann 13. – Sheet 1. – Half-sized.

Offer no. 15,459 / EUR  590. / export price EUR  561. (c. US$ 649.) + shipping

The Fox Irons and Traps. Various of these together with 4 foxes. – Thienemann 19. – Sheet 7. – Half-sized.

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The Surrounded Hunt. “Particularly in Germany this is very usual and is done this way …” The whole plenty of driving up, shooting kiosk, action, and reserves. In the center a royal stag breaks down. – Thienemann 22. – Sheet 10. – Two small tears in the wide white margin backed acid-freely.

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Johann Elias Ridinger, The Water Hunt

The Water Hunt. “Is one of the greatest amusements of grandseigneurs, because of its especially toilsome preparation very precious though …” Culture-historically highly significant even for the 18th cent. so rich of hunting sujets up to the outlining as social event by tapping wine. – Thienemann 23. – Sheet 11.

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How to accustom the Hounds to the horn and voice. “Just as any kind of dogs requires its particular treatment to train such for what they are to be applied to due to their nature, so especially the Chiens Courans need before others that they are accustomed just from youth on to the recognition of the horns and the voice of the hunter …” – Thienemann 28. – Sheet 16. – Illustration see Blüchel, Die Jagd, 1996, vol. I, page 133. – Two small tears in the wide white lower margin.

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How the Hunt is blown on. “When the seigneurs have arrived at the hunting place all hunters assemble …” Place in the wood enclosed by nets & cloths, inside of which in the foreground on the right the hunting lodge. Before this numerous beaters, hounds, and blowing hunters, all in the direction of the traverse cloth with the princely arms, which is dropped at the start of the hunt. Outside of the enclosure further huntsmen together with packs of hounds, carriages, horsemen, relay horses. – Thienemann 25. – Sheet 13.

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How the Hounds get their right or are fed. “If the hunt is finished the stag is broken up and dismembered either instantly on the spot or at home …” And from the picture one downright hears the festive mort by the winds grouped on both sides of the master of the hunt. – Thienemann 29 (“A sheet full of life”). – Sheet 17. – Little uncleanness at the center of the first two lines of text.

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The Catching of the Bears. “Because the bear is a very strong wild and, if wounded, quite wrathful animal, that at its hunt there frequently is great danger for both humans horse and hounds, also cloths or nets are unable to harm it …” In dense forest a pit baited by a honey pot, into which one of the bears just falls, while the other goes off roaring. – Thienemann 30. – Sheet 18. – On the back scribbles by a collector’s grandson.

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The Entrance made at the Deer Park. “By such extraneous game is allowed to enter …” – Thienemann 15 (Above an opening in the enclosure through which just a stag steps, another one and two deer one can notice already inside). – Sheet 3. – Half-sized. – Slight box pleat from printing left of the subject’s center.

Offer no. 15,456 / EUR  590. / export price EUR  561. (c. US$ 649.) + shipping

In  addition  as Ridinger Succession figuring as Ridinger the fine pen and ink drawing with light brown wash over pencil – 9½ × 6½ in (242 × 165 mm) – of an Entry into a Deer Park from the high-quality Richard von Kühlmann collection of drawings, Berlin, which was missing at its dissolution in 1959 and was sold only a generation later. To a group of five partly resting royal stags a sixth one steps through the opening in the palisades. – On chamois-toned buff laid paper with slight fox spots perceptible only a little. Of the two old traces of former mounting at the rear upper corners only one barely noticeable from the front. – Slight light line in the cut of the passepartout.

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Johann Elias Ridinger, The Boar Hunt

The Boar Hunt. “This is one of the funniest, but also most dangerous hunts since a wild boar is such an able-bodied animal which spares neither man horse and hounds …” In dense forest “hunters mounted and on foot, some blowing. The boar hounds have grabbed a big boar, and a hunter just kills it” (Thienemann 34). – Sheet 22. – Two long, but restored margin tears, of which the one above still extends 5.5 cm into the foliage, while the one below below concerns only the text field and 5 mm of the subject’s edge. – On the back scribbles by a collector’s grandson.

Offer no. 15,476 / EUR  730. / export price EUR  694. (c. US$ 802.) + shipping

How the Boars are catched with Nets. “This manner to hunt happens if one has to catch or deliver alive many boars together. However, the nets shall be of much stronger stuff than with the stags but not as high … the more so as the wild boars do not leap over, but want to run through with the snout just in the foolishness …” – Thienemann 31. – Sheet 19. – Slight box pleat at the center of the subject. On the back scribbles by a collector’s grandson.

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How to lie in wait for Boars. “If a hunter has located the boar with the leader, he leads his master to that place to the boar’s lair, who then equips himself with a good stalking gun or heavy boar carbine …” – Thienemann 33. – Sheet 21. – Narrow ochre-colored stripe extending to the last line of text. On the back scribbles by a collector’s grandson.

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The Entrance at the Boar Park. “This boar trap is useful only for those seigneurs, who do not have large and far or for the stay of the boars comfortable forests … if now the rutting season comes they (are) … decoyed up to the entrance with acorns malt or wild fruit …” – Thienemann 32. – Sheet 20. – On the back scribbles by a collector’s grandson.

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How to catch the Badger in its Earth with the Hood. “… if then in the evening or at night the badger has left its earth … however, the one who has the line of the badger hood shall take care about the movement of the same, that he does not draw shut before the time …” – Thienemann 43. – Sheet 31. – Scenery plunged into marvelous chiaroscuro by half-moon, stars & lantern. – Small tear in the wide white lower margin backed acid-freely.

Offer no. 15,482 / sold

How the Hares are catched with Nets. “… to speak sportsmanlike one says. The hare is quick, it cries, runs, goes into, bucks, breeds, makes room, grazes, is hunted, torn apart and cast off.” – Thienemann 44. – Sheet 32. – Margin tear extending to the last line of text backed acid-freely.

Offer no. 15,483 / EUR  1100. / export price EUR  1045. (c. US$ 1208.) + shipping

Johann Elias Ridinger, How the hares are hunted with Hounds

How the Hares are hunted with Hounds. “How merry this hunt is is best known to those who practice it … they tend to go uphill or run on stony hard paths that the hounds cannot follow them so well … (and) it gives them by many turns back leaps and other craftiness so much to do that they hardly get at it and after many done doubles still keeps its life.” Dynamic hunt mounted and on foot in hilly landscape of splendid chiaroscuro under a wide rainbow. – Thienemann 46. – Sheet 34. – An autonomous detail drawing of the two hounds chasing the hare front left traded here in recent time into a Bavarian private collection.

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The Wolf Trap or Pit. “Just as the wolf is a very voracious hungry and cunning animal, so by good sportsmen its cunning is betrayed by counter-cunning …” In mountainous landscape four wolves, expected by three hunters lying in wait and their Alsatian. – Thienemann 18. – Sheet 6. – Half-sized.

Offer no. 15,462 / sold

Capital  Unique  Drawing  from  the  Early  Days  of  Highest  Quality

Johann Elias Ridinger, To catch the Wolf in the Pit with the Sheep (drawing)

To  catch  the  Wolf  in  the  Pit  with  the  Sheep

Washed brush and brown ink drawing.

Inscribed on the back with graphite as before. 11½-11⅝ × 16⅝ in (292-295 × 422-423 mm).

Painterly  absolutely  perfectly  executed  splendid  work

as original drawing before its being redrawn in reverse for the transfer into the plate for the equally named etching Th. 41 as the large version of the two wolf pit sheets of the set Princes’ Hunting Pleasures published since 1729 and presumably – cf. Th. pp. 273 + 274, a 41 – originating from the large yet insufficiently described Weigel inventory based on Ridinger’s estate. In the chalk and pencil variant listed as 492 in Weigel’s catalog of 1869 – no. 102 in the sale at Wawra in 1890 – the one of the wolves obviously not yet fallen into the pit.

By what variety Ridinger prepared his plates is proven beside the works for Th. 41 by e. g. the four variants known here for the upright smaller version of the Prince’s Hunting Pleasure’s wolf pit – Th. 18 – which irrespective of apparently equal design differ in their content. Three of these dated 1728, two of which, among which one traded here, additionally with “January”.

Present sheet belonging to the distinguished

Group  of  the  Painterlies

running, now inscribed, then remained unmarked, through the œuvre since the early 1720s in nevertheless obviously only most scarce examples representing like the watercolors and gouaches

a  group  of  drawn  rarissima  on  their  own ,


“ Pen  drawing(s)  with  ink  and  sepia  (recte bistre)

brought  to  effect  masterly ”

so F. A. C. Prestel on lot 71 of the 1879 Catalog of Marschall von Bieberstein’s Collection of Drawings with its rich Ridinger passages combined in 59 lots, among them the one mentioned from 1743 to the 11th Fable [Th. 775] as the one and only of this combination.

The one here originates from that high-carat Westphalian collection dissolved peu à peu in the 1970s and bringing back onto the market beside sketches and proofs several magnificent unique drawings, amongst a block of 9 drawings for Ways to trap the Wild Animals & Princes’ Hunting Pleasure – three of which passed into the former Swiss international splendid collection – whose extraordinary charm is defined by their wash. The technique the master knew to win the whole plenty of painterly light effects and contrasting.

Reminding not least of Ernst Welisch (1901) according to whom Ridinger indisputably has been “the most important Augsburg landscapist of this time”. And this “even though he is mostly known as animal painter”.

On light laid paper with margins up to 17 mm running around. – Pinhead-small little hole, smoothed folds athwart and along resp., and generally somewhat time-marked, yet practically not impairing the image effect characterized by an unchanged freshness of colors. Except for one the former mounting board’s fox spots had only a quite faint effect perceptible on the back only.

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How the Wolf is brought about the Carrion. “Among plenty kinds there also is one of the best to extinct this predatory animal …” – In picturesque winter forest “the hind leg of a dead horse has been hung up a little high, so that the wolves can reach it only by jumping. This now one of the three baited about ones has done, but already the [three] hunters hidden in ambush bang away” (Thienemann 39). – Sheet 27. – Small tear in the wide white lower margin backed acid-freely.

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The Entrance of a Wolf Park. “This has almost full likeness with the entrance of the boar park … as it notices its arrest, after consumed prey and to its habit it starts to howl heartrendingly by which one can in this manner especially at night hear its arrest, catch the same alive or bring it with great pleasure to shooting, this invention is very good to catch many together …” In moonlit dense forest a place surrounded by high palisades with the wolf at the dead sheep, fuming up to another one standing on the jump. – Thienemann 40. – Sheet 28. – In deviation with quite special wide margins: 3.5-6 cm above & below, 8.5-9.5 cm laterally, thereby in the far area, particularly above and right, slightly fox-spotted. Isolated tiny tears in the lower margin backed acid-freely.

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The Rutting of the Stag. “This happens in September.” – Thienemann 26. – Sheet 14.

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The Rutting Shooting. “This is a further way of the old Germans to hunt … if then such shall happen the forestry superintendent has to inquire carefully where such stags are, if they arrive early or late at the rutting, where their paths and runways are …” – Thienemann 27. – Sheet 15. – Above right the full moon.

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Johann Elias Ridinger, The Par Force Hunt

The Par Force Hunt. “Such happens with par force hounds, mounted … the stag is driven by the hunt as the principal pleases for a long time and that after the scent, until he finally resigns to the hunter and hounds quite exhaustedly … as then the hounds are called off of the noble stag or taken away, the stag then is dismembered, and the hounds get their right of it, and thus are fed.” – Thienemann 21. – Sheet 9. – Also cf. Fr. Lacomb(e), Encyclopédie méthodique.

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The Noble Stag’s Age. “That I meanwhile … have presented the figures of the noble stag’s age somewhat larger than the others has been done solely to show his nature and kind the better …”. Present each one fawn , brocket , second head , 6, 8, 10, 12 points and one piece of deer. – Thienemann 14. – Sheet 2. – Half-sized. – Fine little fold in the upper center of the subject, 2 backed small margin tears.

Offer no. 15,457 / EUR  730. / export price EUR  694. (c. US$ 802.) + shipping

– – – The same from the final complete edition, Leipsic c. 1859. 11⅞ × 9⅛ in (30.3 × 23.3 cm). – On toned vélin with margins of 3.5-4 on three sides and 6.3 cm below, drawing impeccably clear and vibrant still in the subtlest italics. – From different estate.

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Johann Elias Ridinger, The confirmation of the Noble Stag with the Leader

The confirmation of the Noble Stag with the Leader. “The hunter, so he wants to confirm a Noble Stag, shall set out in the early morning, and march with his leader to the forest, the same at the leash short or long, as it is required …” – Thienemann 16. – Sheet 4. – Backed little tear in the wide white upper margin. – A new copy in stock.

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Johann Elias Ridinger, The Hunting Ground surrounded by Flaring Cords

The Hunting Ground surrounded by Flaring Cords. “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 …” – Thienemann 17. – Sheet 5. – Also see the Toils Copy within the Red Series.

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Johann Elias Ridinger, The Capercaillie Display

The Capercaillie Display.The capercaillie is the noblest among all wood birds and is regarded as equal to a deer, therefore his display is held in high esteem by grand seigneurs, he likely stays in high mountains and large woods where there are warm springs, his display sometimes even starts in the cold period … in March … is to be found there every morning and brings on the capercaillie hen by loud calling quite soon … by the display calls the capercaillie is … properly surveyed …” In the mountain forest at supposedly besides still moonlit dawn on a branch of an old tree the courting cock at which the hunter front left aims. Behind him the gun cocker, keeping a second gun ready. Below the tree a second cock displaying, from the right a hen flies along. – From different estate and deviatingly with quite particularly wide margins: 4.5-5.3 cm above & below, 8 cm laterally. – Thienemann 47. – Sheet 35.

Offer no. 29,080 / EUR  1380. / export price EUR  1311. (c. US$ 1516.) + shipping

“ It came!  My plate [already documented as lost] was delivered and it is in excellent condition. I cannot explain all of the delays or what happened. It is in the original packaging that you described and it was delivered by DHL, not the postal service (as  far as I can tell – it was left on the porch [!!]). So thank you and so glad that this long story has such a nice ending. It was nice dealing with you, thank you for the plate! ”

(Mrs. J. C., May 8, 2010)