Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Dapple Gray. Gris Pomelé. “Trotting (to the right), slate-gray, crest and tail light, blaze white” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Apfel oder Spiegel Schimmel. / J. E. Ridinger inv. Sculpsit et excudit Aug. Vindel., otherwise French as above. 7½ × 5⅜ in (19.2 × 13.6 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 923. – 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.
“ … as the other kinds of white horses are quite subjected to the change of their coat, also the older they get, especially the dapple grays, lose the dapples … ”
(Ridinger in the preamble Nature and Characteristics of Horses, according to their Colors, pp. 33 ff., 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”. – Some tiny tears in the 2.7-3.6 cm wide white margin backed acid-freely.
Offer no. 16,050 / EUR 320. / export price EUR 304. (c. US$ 331.) + shipping
Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring
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