“ It is also the custom
to adorn them very nicely ”
Ridinger, Martin Elias (1731 Augsburg 1780). Ditto loaded Mule. On precipitous path to the left, whining. Richly decorated with bells and colorful pompons and fringes and loaded with two baskets with one lamb each. On top cage with drake and pheasant (?). Instructive, too, the clearly recognizable shoeing (see below). Colored etching/engraving. Inscribed: MULUS. / Detto beladen Maulthier. / Le Mulet chargé. / Familia I. Einhüfig. / Ridinger =. 12⅜ × 8¼ in (31.5 × 21 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 984. – 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.
The attribution of the work to Johann Elias’ eldest, Martin Elias, arises from the notation of the inscription provable otherwise in the Animal Kingdom only with the Camel Deer (Guanaco; Th. 1038) as “M. El. Ridinger =”.
“ In their colors they are very different … but those of dark color with light or reddish mouths (as here) are considered the best … For covering one chiefly has to make a good choice, for one has to take a good well-built, fine and large mare … Before three years they shall not be coerced for work, otherwise many are ruined in size and strength. In Italy, Spain and France they are found the most, for there they are very useful for the mountains and narrow passes, and … can carry great loads of three hundredweight … It is also the custom to adorn them very nicely … Their shoeing at the hooves have no less particular advantages as such rise above at the front, so that, if there are stones in their way or if they encounter steep paths, they get along the more secure ”
(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. I, pp. 11 ff., enclosed in copy).
As the prelude to a long chain of works on mules and hinnies figures the red chalk drawing of a loaded mule from front with long bells & feed bag by the 16, at most 20-year-old Johann Elias Ridinger here.
Watermarked Strasbourg fleur-de-lis above arms & C & I Honig (type Heawood 64/Churchill 428) 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 1.9-2.6 cm, below 4.7 cm wide. – In the white left and lower paper margins isolated (quite) faint foxspots, the right lower corner slightly soiled. – Of shining-beautiful colorfulness.
Offer no. 16,137 / EUR 570. / export price EUR 542. (c. US$ 627.) + shipping
Ridinger’s Colored Animal Kingdom in Original Coloring
“ I would like to thank you most sincerely for your expert analysis of the portfolio and for the considerable amount of time you gave to this effort. I will take your advice and we shall see what happens … Again, my sincere thanks ”
(Mr. P. S., March 22, 2012)