Johann Elias Ridinger, Fallow Deer, Spotted

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Fallow Deer, Spotted. Striding briskly to the right, but stopping short, looking back. “Spots blackish-brown on whitish ground” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: CERVVS, DAMA. / Daim tacheté. / Familia II. Zweÿhufig. / J. E. Ridinger fec. 12 × 8⅛ in (30.4 × 20.6 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1016. – 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., sect. 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).

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 (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 cm, below 5.8 cm wide. – Marvelous sheet.

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„ ich habe mich nun doch entschlossen, den Ridinger zu veräußern und bitte um Zusendung des angebotenen freigemachten Verpackungsmaterials … (Und) ich danke Ihnen für die ausführliche Anleitung zum Verpacken des Ridingers … (Und) Ihnen nochmals für die äußerst angenehme Kommunikation dankend … (Und) das Geld ist bereits auf meinem Konto angekommen, das ging ja wirklich schnell, vielen Dank dafür … “

(Herr C. S., 15., 18., 29. + 30. Dezember 2009)


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