Ridinger, Donkey

“ … for He is used the most in the Mills ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Large or Miller’s Donkey. Looking at the beholder, standing to the left in landscape, leashed to a stake. “A well-made figure, ash-grey with black lower back and cow’s tail” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: ASINVS major / Der große oder Müller-Esel / L’Ane de Meunier / Familia I. Einhufig., / Joh. El. Rid. fec. 12⅜ × 8⅛ in (31.3 × 20.6 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 981. – 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.

Like Schwarz 981 EARLIEST STATE as against Thienemann, who cites the complete caption only per appendix (p. 298) and, divergently, as Einhufige & Ridinger and therefore has to be subordinated in analogy to the findings for Th. 1027 of 16,280 here.

“ The natural father, also called stem, also miller’s donkey, for he is used the most in the mills … One finds of these animals three to four kinds with regard to their colors: that is the light one presented here, then grayer, yet again brownish and even black-brown ones … This animal has much strength in his back to carry and is content with meager food … however, by his behavior he is quite lazy and lethargic and now and then has to be driven with force and been beaten. Frequently one notices with the same a particular malice and vehemence … Besides there are larger and smaller ones among these animals … By nature the donkey is quite durable, only wetness and cold he cannot stand well ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. I, p. 12, enclosed in copy).

With typographic watermark 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 laterally ¾-1⅜ (1.8-3.5), top/bottom ¾-1⅞ in (2-4.8 cm) wide. – Two pinhead-sized holes in the extremely wide upper field, otherwise very fine.

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(Herr R. K., 5. Januar 2006)


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