“ Colored it is unknown to me ”
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Golden Bay. Bais d’ore. Stepping slowly to the right. “Colored it is unknown to me … yellowish ocher, shaded rust-colored, crest, tail, lower hands black, facial marking white” (Th. per appendix p. 14). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Gold Braun. / J. E. Ridinger inv. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vindel., otherwise French as above. 7½ × 5¼ in (19.1 × 13.3 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 942. – 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 color of the bays shows in so many kinds that they almost cannot be described … The light bay are very different, according each one kind is brighter than the other. To these the fawn and golden bay belong, which generally at first are very fiery, but in the long run not last, especially if they turn much to the light in the flanks ”
(Ridinger in the preamble Nature and Characteristics of Horses, according to their Colors, pp. 30 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”. – Lower right in the 2.7-3.9 cm wide white margin slightly smudgy from turning over, isolated small tears in the white margin backed acid-freely.
Offer no. 16,034 / EUR 295. / export price EUR 280. (c. US$ 338.) + shipping
Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring
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