Ridinger, Foxes

“ … make a Great Howling
at Night particularly in Wintertime ”

Ridinger, Martin Elias (1731 Augsburg 1780). Smoky Red Fox. / ordinary Fox. Quite painterly arranged plate. The latter standing above to the right, yet barking to the left, below the former half lying to the left. “Quite appealing” (Th.). Colored etching/engraving. Inscribed: VULPES RUTGARIS. VULPES RUFESECUS. / Brand Fuchs. ordentlicher Fuchs. / Renard roussatre. Renard. / Familia IV. Fünffzähige. / Ridinger, fec. 12⅜ × 8¼ in (31.4 × 21.1 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1063. – IN  THE  RIDINGERS’  ORIGINAL  COLORING  from the unnumbered Colored Animal Kingdom created since 1754 and concluded finally posthumously not before 1773 (“Complete copies are next to untraceable”, so Weigel, Art Cat., part XXVIII, Ridinger Appendix 63a as merely 120-sheet torso, 1857 ! , but also just individual plates quite rarely on the market only, at niemeyer’s presently nevertheless the one as the others). – Remaining uncolored contrary to the prospectus, a second edition from the plates shortened even under loss of animals and with modified titling and the Ridinger inscription removed, yet now numbered, was published by Engelbrecht/Herzberg in Augsburg 1824/25.

“ There are, as generally known, two kinds of this animal, that is light red and smoky red foxes. The difference which is found between them, is that those have more black and a brisker color at their hairs, whereas the light red foxes are of a lighter color … They are … chased very hard, especially at that period when their coat is the finest … In mating season they frequently pursue each other and make a great howling at night particularly in wintertime ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II, p. 10, enclosed in copy).

Thienemann besides pointing out once more, “that the foxes designated here as different species belong to one species”. As further color variants blackish-brown as well as cross and – particularly desired – silver foxes should be mentioned.

The attribution of the work to Johann Elias’ eldest, Martin Elias, results from the style regarded as individual – like a dot or comma between “Ridinger” and for instance “fec.” – as compared against such plates of the Animal Kingdom inscribed with his name.

With watermark C & I Honig as that sturdy Dutch quality paper Ridinger used in line with his preamble to the Principal Colors of Horses

“on  account  of  the  fine  illumination”  for  the  colored  works

“as for this purpose it is the most decent and best”. – Margins on three sides 1.7-2.7 cm, below 4.5 cm wide. – Tiny little brown spots showing from the back at the Familia line in the white text field.

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„ Ganz herzlichen Dank für Ihre netten Wünsche und die sehr interessante Lektüre (Wild + Hund 23/2008), über die ich mich sehr gefreut habe. Mein Glückwunsch zu diesem schönen Artikel über Ihr Ridinger Wirken und die damit verbundene und verdiente Anerkennung. An meiner ‚Ridinger – Sammlung‘ erfreue ich mich stets aufs Neue. Schon deshalb war die Anschaffung des Pompadour Bandes (1998) ein guter Kauf … Mit besten Grüßen, Ihr … “

(Herr O. v. L., 5. Januar 2009)


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