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In  Rare  Corner  Margin  Blocks  of  Four

Horses. After engravings by Old Masters (1 coloured). Series of 5 postage-stamps as upper right corner margin blocks of four. Ed. by the Czechoslovakian postal authorities. April 21/24, 1969. Steel engraving by Bedřich Housa (b. Prague 1926) together with autotype rotogravure. 4¾ × 3⅜ in (12 × 8.5 cm). – Never hinged.

Bedřich Housa, Horses on Czechoslovakian Stamps

The five motifs – all corner margin blocks of four – in the sequence of their value as following :

Hendrik Goltzius (Millebrecht/Venlo 1558 – Haarlem 1617, Eqvvs liber et incopositvs, -.30 Kčs.) – Matthäus Merian (Basel 1593 – Schwalbach 1650, Le Bonite, -.80) – Vaclav Hollar (Prague 1607 – London 1677, Don Goncalo Fernandes de Cordva, 1.60) – Albrecht Dürer (1471 Nuremberg 1528, The Large Horse, 1.80) – Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767, coloured, 2.40 Kčs.).

The  highest  value  of  the  set  and  the  one  and  only  in  colour , too ,

showing the title sheet of the master’s majestic 18-sheet set New Riding School, called also Large or Viennese School of 1734 (Thienemann 628). And in this prominence of Ridinger as supposed artist of absolutism as the highest ideological enemy of the working class of the Communists

quite  extraordinarily  spectacular  event  of  the  Prague  after  spring ,

to be valued only as a demonstration of the low, but with the loudness of a fanfare. As a great, courageous gesture of bonds with the European culture. Worthy of a Ridinger who used himself just so a low tone when he depicted that critical moment of the Alexander campaign in fall 326 B.C. at the Hyphasis in the Punjab as fatefully for world history when the king recognized that he must turn back. For the present to feel the campaign’s pulse. And to let follow the verdict by the set Fights of Killing Animals texted by Brockes. Which in the present stamp series by the way is preceded in value by Dürer’s Great Horse as according to Mende Alexander with Bukephalos.

Offer no. 13,370 / EUR  255. / export price EUR  242. (c. US$ 280.) + shipping

Horses on Stamps - Hendrik GoltziusHorses on Stamps - Matthäus Merian

– – The same, but each value as single copy of 2⅛ × 1¼ in (5.4 × 3.3 cm).

Offer no. 13,371 / EUR  50. (c. US$ 58.) + shipping

Horses on Stamps - Albrecht DürerHorses on Stamps - Johann Elias RidingerHorses on Stamps - Václav Hollar


„ Lieber Herr Niemeyer, vielen Dank für Ihre Antwort und Ihre Mühe! Die von Ihnen genannten Quellen (zur histor. Wolfs-Population in DE) hören sich sehr spannend an und sind sicherlich interessant für meine Arbeit … Ich freue mich sehr über Ihre Unterstützung! Herzliche Grüße aus … “

(Frau K. R., 25. Juli 2016)