Johann Elias Ridinger, Dapple Bay

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Dapple Bay. Bais amiroir mirouetté. Trotting to the right. “Bay engraved, spotted light rust-brown on darker base. Trotting … Lower hands and facial marking white” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Spiegel Braun. / J. El. Ridinger fec., otherwise French as above. 7½ × 5¼ in (18.9 × 13.4 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 944. – 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 … Some of this color are dappled, too, as one can see the spots clearly somewhat brighter from the dark color, especially if they are fat ”

(Ridinger in the preamble Nature and Characteristics of Horses, according to their Colors, pp. 30 f., 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”. – For a full-length vertical tear on the level muzzle-neck-croup as well as further damages outside of the picture mounted by old for well about the lower half. With its body hatching nevertheless interesting and via mat pictorially still quite acceptable sheet. Right lower corner besides smudgy from turning over.

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“ Thank you Mr. Niemeyer, The prints (you have delivered two weeks ago) are being framed right now. My framer is very particular (works for the National Gallery … ) and I am having a perfect frame made for the large Ridinger (the imperial stag hunt Th. 67). Best regards ”

(Mr. J. R. L., November 19, 2003)


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