“ The Sable Chestnuts … are far rarer ”
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Sable Chestnut. Alzan de Zibeline. “Neat reddish brown, fine ocher or russet. Steps stately forward (to the right) at the hand of a noble rider … some spots at the upper neck and lower back” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Zobel Fuchs. / J. E. Ridinger inv. Sculpsit et excudit. Aug. Vind., otherwise French as above. 7½ × 5¼ in (19 × 13.2 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 940. – 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 sable and golden chestnuts are considered much more for they look quite good, also are far rarer and more durable than the (light chestnuts), and persevere longer in all works ”
(Ridinger in the preamble Nature and Characteristics of Horses, according to their Colors, pp. 36 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”. – Some smaller tears in the 2.6-3.8 cm wide white margins backed.
Offer no. 16,058 / EUR 470. / export price EUR 447. (c. US$ 517.) + shipping
Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring
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