Johann Elias Ridinger, Spotted Roe Buck

“ … a piebald kind
whose like one rarely sees ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Spotted Roe Buck. Yellowish brown with white spots recumbent to the left, looking at the beholder. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: CAPREOLVS maculatus. / Gefleckter Rehe-Bock. / Chevreuil tacheté. / Familia II. Zweÿhufig. / Ridinger fec. 12 × 7⅞ in (30.6 × 20 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1021. – 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.

“ … a piebald kind whose like one rarely sees, which, however, is quite salient. These animals are quite often kept at great courts after they have been rendered useless for breeding and gelded … Only that way one has got as far with some that they became really tame, so that they … adopted a free run, strolled about in fields and woods and came home on their own at the proper time and hour, picked up the offered bred before a whole table of people … ”

(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 1.8-3.3 cm, below 5.5 cm wide. – Small brown spot just above the rear shrubbery.

Offer no. 15,894 / EUR  590. / export price EUR  561. (c. US$ 678.) + shipping

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“ 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)


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