Johann Elias Ridinger, Dark Head

“ A Fine Steed in a Gallop ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Dark Head. Cap de Maure. “A fine steed in a gallop (to the right), dark slate blue, crest, tail, head and shading black” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Mohren Kopf. / J. E. Ridinger inv. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise French as above. 7½ × 5¼ in (18.9 × 13.2 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 949. – 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.

“ … ditto are the dark heads with black extremities and hairs, with which especially the head turns very dark, and to black; this kind lasts the longest, without changing much, since the other kinds of those white horses are much subjected to the change of their coat, also the older they get, especially the dapple grays, lose the dapples, and all other kinds of white horses get brighter, and finally turn quite white ”

(Ridinger in the preamble Nature and Characteristics of Horses, according to their Colors, pp. 33 ff., enclosed in copy).

On 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”. – Old backing of the damaged left lower margin corner extending up to 1.5 cm below the subject edge. Lower right in the 2.8-4.1 cm wide white margin besides somewhat smudgy from turning over.

Offer no. 16,039 / EUR  320. / export price EUR  304. (c. US$ 351.) + shipping

Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring

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(Mr. M. L., April 24 and 29 resp. and May 6, 2003)


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