From  the  Largest  of  the  Augsburg  Schools

Rugendas I, Georg Philipp (1666 Augsburg 1742). Now … in many lessons … . In the open ring a white horse galloping at the longe bound at the pillar. More scenarios round about. Mezzotint. Inscribed: G. P. Rugendas invent. delin. fecit et Excudit, otherwise as above and below. 19 × 25⅞ in (48.2 × 65.7 cm).

Teuscher 69 + ills. (without number); Stillfried 348; Schoenbeck, Das Pferd und seine Darstellung in der bildenden Kunst, plate 33 (detail). – Plate 2 of the 8-sheet riding school T. 68-75 + Nagler 44, here in a supposedly later state  with  the number 2 in small half circle at the lower picture edge, as the copy of the Swiss Institute of Technology Zurich, too. – Watermark Great Crown with typographic pendant and WANGEN word mark. – With caption in German:

Now  in  many  lessons  the  lively  horse  must
Around  this  post  so  as  for  accustom  to
One  works  it  so  long  in  walk , trot , galloping
Till  it  lets  feel  itself  elegant  at  wink  and1)  shadow .

With surrounding margins of 1.7-2.2 cm. – Harmonious impression with fine chiaroscuro though from the overall somewhat used plate as quite acceptable for mezzotints allowing – so the contemporary expert Sandrart – just about 50-60 really good impressions. – Three (one of which almost unrecognizable short) vertical and one horizontal box pleats from print. Five up to thick pinhead-sized holes not recognizable from the picture side.

Extremely rare, the leaves of this set are missing, i. a., within the c. 27,600 lots of Weigel’s Art Stock Catalogue, parts I-XXVIII, 1838-1857, the Bibliotheca Hippologica I. H. Anderhub with rarities like Ridinger’s Riding School in Imperial Oblong dissolved in 1963, and the Sarasin Collection (1999). The copy here

after  decades  in  the  generous  ambience  on  the  wall  of  a  connoisseur

now  on  the  market  again  for  the  first  time .

Who granted the wonderful plates of this set with their marvelous horses the place which already 125 years ago Wilhelm Schmidt summing up in Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie assigned to Rugendas:

“ Doubtless, set into better circumstances, e.g. living in the Netherlands about 1650, (the elder Georg Philipp Rugendas) would have become an artist who

would  have  surpassed  all  his  horse  and  battle  competitors . ”

Offer no. 28,161 / EUR  1460. / export price EUR  1387. (c. US$ 1588.) + shipping

1) Teuscher quotes supposedly just by oversight “u.”.

Also see plates 7 + 8 of the dressages Teuscher 118-129.

Einem sich nicht zu einer 12blätterigen Ridinger-Folge entschließen könnenden Interessenten mailte L.H.N. was sein altmärkischer Großvater zu sagen pflegte, wurde bei Tisch genörgelt: Wer nicht mag, ist der Beste.

Daraufhin der noch gleichen Tages nun zugreifende Reflektant:

„ … Denn : wer doch mag , ist nicht der Schlechteste “

(Herr C. R., 22. Februar 2017)