Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Iron Gray. Gris de fer. “Galloping (to the left), pursued by a dog … light ash-gray, shaded slate gray, main shade almost black, crest and tail blackish” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Eisen Schimmel. / J. E. Ridinger inv. sculpsit et excudit Aug. Vind., otherwise French as above. 7½ × 5¼ in (19.1 × 13.2 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 922. – 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.
“ All other kinds, as … iron gray now turn brighter, now darker, yet each kinds always differ from the other. Those whose extremities, crown, crest, and tail are blackish, or entirely black, are justly preferred to those brighter ones, for they are of more durable nature, and in the most characteristics better and nobler ”
(Ridinger in the preamble Nature and Characteristics of Horses, according to their Colors, pp. 33 ff., enclosed in copy).
With watermark C & I Honig below fragment of fleur-de-lis arms with beehive pendant 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”. – In the lower hatching of the image hardly perceptible long tear extending up to below the dog’s belly and backed of old. Backed acid-freely besides few smaller tears in the 2.6-3.4 cm wide white margin.
Offer no. 16,046 / EUR 190. (c. US$ 220.) + shipping
Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring
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(Frau R. R., 20. November 2002)