Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Plum-colored Bay. Bais Cerise. “Trotting (to the right). Principal color dark ocher, running into cerise. A man in blue coat leads it” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Kirsch Braun. / J. E. Ridinger inven. Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise French as above. 7⅜ × 5⅛ in (18.7 × 13.1 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 945. – IN THE RIDINGERS’ ORIGINAL COLORING of the first edition of the Principal Colors of Horses, created, drawn and etched/engraved exclusively by Johann Elias, yet published only posthumously 1770 by the sons as the first of Ridinger’s but three originally colored works (“For this he first chose the horses, which as generally known occur in very varying coloring”, Th.; the usual allusions in the trade to only two of these based on the ignorance of the existence of copies of the 2nd edition of the Ten Plates Monkeys, Th. 541-550, intended for coloring). – Remaining uncolored contrary to the prospectus, a second edition with only 40 of the originally 51 plates anymore was published by Engelbrecht/Herzberg in Augsburg 1824/25.
“ The color of the bays shows in so many kinds that they almost cannot be described … They make a good sight, are quite fiery, are docile, quick, bold, and active, sanguineous, also of quite durable and healthy nature. The blood and plum-colored are equal to these (the chestnut bays), only that usually they are very hot tempered and of a choleric kind ”
(Ridinger in the preamble Nature and Characteristics of Horses, according to their Colors, pp. 30 f., enclosed in copy).
With watermark fragment crowned fleur-de-lis arms as that sturdy Dutch quality paper Ridinger used in line with his preamble
“on account of the fine illumination” for the colored works
“as for this purpose it is the most decent and best”. – Mounted by old on Japan paper for vertical tear affecting just tail and left hind quarters, effecting some creasing, too. Lower right in the 2.8-3.9 cm wide white margin besides slightly smudgy from turning over. Notwithstanding these considerable faults pictorially & in color very fine.
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Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring
“ Sir, yes, (the Rubens) is closer to the one in London (recte Dresden), but the one we have is on copper. Thank you for your time. Highest regards, D… A… (and yes America could use a blessing about now) ”
(Mr. D. A., November 4, 2003)