“ … yet Shows Particularly with its Horns
a Marked Difference ”
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Hungarian or Bohemian Sheep. “The rakka Aegoceros ovis – strepsiceros” (Th.). Lying to the right, yet looking to the left. Colored etching/engraving. Inscribed: ARIES. / Ungarisch oder Böhmisch Schaaf. / Belier d’Hongrie ou de Bohéme. / Familia II. Zweÿhufige. / J. El. Ridinger fec. et exc. A. V. 12¼ × 8¼ in (31.2 × 20.8 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 994. – 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.
“ To this (sheep/ram) representation still another of a Hungarian sheep has been added, which is a little larger and heavier than ours, yet shows particularly with its horns a marked difference. For as with ours the horns are wound backward, so with this kind these stand upward like an extended fork and also are
quite particularly turned or wound ,
also give them a rather good look ”
(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. I in German and French, pp. 18 f. & 15 f. resp., enclosed in copy).
The rarer sujet in its vibrant colorfulness
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 1.8-2.5 cm, below 4.8 cm wide.
Offer no. 15,950 / EUR 435. / export price EUR 413. (c. US$ 477.) + shipping
Ridinger’s Colored Animal Kingdom in Original Coloring
“ … that I have received the parcel in good order. Very well and professional packed indeed. The litho of Mourot is according to my expectations. The drawing is rare. Colouring most probably same time … ”
(Mr. P. v. d. W., June 26, 2003)