Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Dull Black. Noir ordinaire. “Dark grayish-black, without luster, standing (to the left)” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Koth Rappe. / J. E. Ridinger inv. Sculpsit et excudit Aug. Vind., otherwise French as above. 7½ × 5¼ in (18.9 × 13.2 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 951. – 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.
“ … whereas the dull and mouse-colored blacks are of a much heavier kind, and of a bad appearance, also dull and of bad strength ”
(Ridinger in the preamble Nature and Characteristics of Horses, according to their Colors, pp. 31 f., 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”. – Small brown spot in the sky part. Lower right in the 2.4-3.8 cm wide white margin somewhat smudgy from turning over. There also tear in the white margin backed of old.
Offer no. 16,041 / EUR 345. / export price EUR 328. (c. US$ 379.) + shipping
Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring
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