Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). White Fallow Deer. Tame fallow deer with collar & bell crowned by splendid palms, in a park striding briskly to the left. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: DAMA albus. / Weißer Than(n)hirsch. / Daim blanc. / Familia II. Zweÿhufig. / J. El. Rid. fec. 12 × 8⅛ in (30.5 × 20.5 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 1018. – 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.
“ Of this we have delivered by now five illustrations, that is one utterly white, one spotted grey, one spotted red or brown, one utterly blackish-red, and one mixed with three colors … they (are) slightly smaller than the … red deer and also have quite different antlers … They run … the woods and fields freely or fenced in, however, frequently are also kept in gardens or moats laid out especially for this … Their meat tastes even better than the meat of the red deer ”
(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. I, p. 16, enclosed in copy).
Watermarked Strasbourg fleur-de-lis above arms & C & I Honig as that sturdy Dutch quality paper Ridinger used in line with his preamble to the Principal Colors of Horses (single plates from this available)
“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 2-3.4 cm, below 5.4 cm wide. – Marvelous sheet.
Offer no. 15,884 / EUR 690. / export price EUR 656. (c. US$ 793.) + shipping
Ridinger’s Colored Animal Kingdom in Original Coloring
“ Thank you Mr. Niemeyer, The prints (you have delivered two weeks ago) are being framed right now. My framer is very particular (works for the National Gallery … ) and I am having a perfect frame made for the large Ridinger (the imperial stag hunt Th. 67). Best regards ”
(Mr. J. R. L., November 19, 2003)