Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Fallow Deer Spotted Red and Brown. Standing to the right, grazing the leaves from the drooping branch of a shrub. Glazed colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: DAMA spadiceus. / Daim tacheté rouge et brun. / Familia II. Zweyhufig. / J. E. Rid. fec. 12⅛ × 8⅛ in (30.6 × 20.6 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 1015. – 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 … The huntsmen call the adult … not fair, but they name them good or quite good stags with palmed head ”
(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. I in German and French, pp. 16 & 13 resp., enclosed in copy).
The Fallow Deer Spotted Red and Brown …
“… seems to be copied from the fine group of fallow deer with Brockes’s verses”
“… seems to be copied from the fine group of fallow deer with Brockes’s verses” (Th. 212) as the “lovliest sheet in the whole set” (Th.) of the Study of the Wild Animals and there merely standing to the left.
Watermarked 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 1.7-3.4 cm, below 5.5 cm wide. – Painterly fine.
Offer no. 15,886 / EUR 645. / export price EUR 613. (c. US$ 741.) + shipping
Ridinger’s Colored Animal Kingdom in Original Coloring
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(Mr. M. L., April 24 and 29 resp. and May 6, 2003)