Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Turkish Horse Finery. Set of 4 sheet of most richly bridled most noble horses together with their groom in painterly palace exteriors in etching by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). (1752.) Inscribed: I(-IV). / J. El. Ridinger pix. et del. / aqz / Martin Elias Ridinger filio meo æris incis. as well as following captions in German-French. 10¾-11 × 13⅝-13¾ in (27.3-28 × 34.6-35 cm).
Thienemann + Schwarz 594-597. – The by itself complete set, but without its title-like text sheet with Ridinger’s honoring of the helpful communications by Baron von Gudenus from Constantinople together with reproduction of his letter to a friend from 1741 with the explanation of present four sceneries intended by Ridinger as introduction or addition to the 32-sheet set of Horses of the Nations (Th. 562-593). 1752 of this already 16 sheet were present, the publication of the further dragged on until about 1760. Of the then totally 36 sheet only four transferred into copper by Johann Elias himself, 22 by Martin Elias, as here, too, and 9 by the stepson Seuter. – Sheet III in the corrected state. The withdrawn earlier one had represented the animal erroneously from the right side once more, “for one forgot to redraw it before the engraving” (Th.).
Turkish Imperial Personal Horse. / Cheval de main de Grand Seigneur. — Divani from the right side. / Divani du coté droit. — Divani from the left side. / Divani du coté gauche. — Personal Horse of a Pasha. / Cheval de main d’un Pacha.
The splendid set in quite uniformly shining print quality and fine wide margins of 2-2.7 cm above & below and 4-4.7 (II-IV) laterally and, sheet I, only 2.5 cm on the right, but 6 cm on the left resp. – With typographic watermarks, supposedly main and secondary mark resp. of the Wangen papermill favored by Ridinger. – Sheet III with c. 3.5-5 cm large brown impression of a plant’s leaf in the white lower margin touching still three letters of the caption as well as browning in the white area between its bilangualism perceptible practically only against the light. Otherwise of impeccable freshness as in such entire condition most rare .
Offer no. 15,765 / price on application