Johann Elias Ridinger, Roe Buck

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Roe Buck. Dark colored in slight position ready to leap off to the left, but stopping short looking at the beholder. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: CAPREOLVS. / Rehe-Bock. / Chevreuil. / Familia II. Zweÿhufige. / Ridinger fec. 12⅛ × 7⅞ in (30.9 × 20 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1020. – 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.

Johann Elias Ridinger, Roe Buck (detail)

“ This animal one cannot regard without amazement as it owns a quite particular ease in running and leaping. Initially, if it starts quickly about something, it stands quite dazed indeed, yet recollects really soon and then the finest greyhounds have to struggle to overtake them in their quick running and leaping. In the first plate a buck is represented in his dark color which for the most part he has at wintertime … Their rutting is in December, the females or does carry twenty weeks and usually have two, at times also three young ones … They shed their antlers in November and set it up again completely setzen within three months … ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. I, p. 17, 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 2-3.3 cm, below 5.3 cm wide. – Above the buck’s neck hardly perceptible brown spot penetrating through from the back, a slightly bolder smaller one not perceptible from the front.

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„ Ihr erwähntes Ridinger-Blatt (Th. 1254) wäre eine wundervolle Bereicherung meiner Sammlung … Sie haben Recht: Das Blatt ist äußerst selten. Die Beschädigungen des Blattes muss man also auch in Relation hierzu sehen … Ich würde das Blatt gerne erwerben, vorbehaltlich einer näheren Betrachtung desselben “

(… übertrifft es meine Erwartungen bei weitem und, nein, nein, auch der Zustand ist großartig. Es ist geradezu eine Majestät, vor der sich die vorhandenen Nilsons, Bartolozzis und Haids verneigen. Möge es eines hoffentlich noch fernen Tages in ebenso begeisterte Hände weiterwandern …)

(Herr M. G., email vom 13. bzw.
wörtliches/sinngemäßes Telefonat vom 25. November 2020)


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