Johann Elias Ridinger, Speckled Fallow Deer

“ Loveliest Sheet in the Whole Set ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Dains mouchetés. Speckled Fallow Deer. “A splendid group (of 6) fallow deer in unsurpassably fine (oak) forest.” Two stags, one resting to the right, the other grazing to the left (this adopted in reversed position as Fallow Deer Speckled Red and Brown in the Colored Animal Kingdom), three deer, resting, standing & going, and a pert little calf. Etching with engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 17. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13⅝ × 16½ in (34.6 × 42 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Speckled Fallow Deer (detail)
The grazing deer of the central group …
Johann Elias Ridinger, Fallow Deer Speckled Red and Brown (detail)
… reused in the Colored Animal Kingdom as Fallow Deer Speckled Red and Brown (detail)

Thienemann + Schwarz 212. – Sheet 17 of the STUDY OF THE WILD ANIMALS with the caption of the Hamburg pope of poets, jurist & senator, yet foremost friend of Ridinger’s, Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747), in German. – Margins 2.5-4 cm wide. – In the center of the 3 cm white lower margin tear up to the platemark backed acid-freely with old trace of adhesive tape shining through.

“ No , one cannot admire enough

how vivid and appealing everything is represented here !”

(Thienemann). And Brockes, concluding:

“ … and his yet much more delicate meat, is savored with greater pleasure. As we then feast, together with the palate, the eye, so don’t forget to thank Him , whom we owe it to. ”


– not by chance already in 1901 Ernst Welisch qualified Ridinger as the indisputably “most important Augsburg landscapist of this time” –


of ultimate beauty as in such quality rare since old. For even in exemplary old Ridinger collections the old impressions of particularly this so fine large-sized main set often figure only closely trimmed, damaged, and fully mounted.

Offer no. 15,498 | EUR 1100. | export price EUR 1045. (c. US$ 1263.) + shipping

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