Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Chestnut Skewbald. Pie Chastagne. Jumping to the right. “Beautiful reddish chestnut spots at head, neck and belly, the other dark reddish brown, turning into black-brown at crest, tail and lower hands” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Castanien brauner Schecke. / J. E. Ridinger inv. sc. et exc. Aug. Vind., otherwise French as above. 7⅝ × 5¼ in (19.3 × 13.5 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 956. – 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.
“ For the finest, however, are considered these which have the head, including the neck, if not fully, yet the most of it, of the darker color. If beside this the color is distributed well on the whole horse, if the hands particularly about the knees are dark both in front and back, and white below, the crown, crest and tail has more black than light color … the more then the color distributed among each other, so much better they are considered, especially those which are of three colors, but are very rare. One finds horses among them, whose characteristics are excellent, for though some do not regard this kind,
so it depends with them , as with everything ,
on the connoisseur and amateur ”
(Ridinger in the preamble Nature and Characteristics of Horses, according to their Colors, p. 38, 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”. – The 2.4-3.7 cm wide white margins reinforced on the left edge for no reason, the somewhat fissured right margin just as a tear in the white lower margin backed acid-freely.
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Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring
“ this is to let you know that the book has arrived in excellent shape, and that I am delighted to have it ”
(Mr. P. M., April 30, 2003)