“ Are regarded as excellently superior ”
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Black Brown Bay. Noir Bais Brun. Bridled, with trimmed tail, standing to the right. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Schwarz Brauner Rappe. / J. E. Ridinger inv. Sculpsit et excudit Aug. Vind., otherwise French as above. 7⅜ × 5¼ in (18.8 × 13.2 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 950. – 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.
“ Among the black horses there are as excellent horses as among any color … The black brown bays … are regarded as excellently superior, they are much inclined to rage, and are not so easily appeased when having been raised ”
(Ridinger in the preamble Nature and Characteristics of Horses, according to their Colors, pp. 31 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”. – Lower right in the 2.4-3.8 cm wide white margin somewhat smudgy from turning over, isolated tiny tears in the white margins backed acid-freely.
Offer no. 16,040 / EUR 390. / export price EUR 371. (c. US$ 448.) + shipping
Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring
„ Sie haben wieder einmal in unverkennbarer Weise Ihr Unternehmen und Ihre Philosophie dargeboten. Ich wünsche Ihnen – beiden – auch in diesem Jahr viel Erfolg und Gefolgschaft von Ihren alten und hoffentlich auch neuen Kunden und natürlich auch persönliches Wohlergehen … “
(Herr D. L., 4. Januar 2010)