Johann Elias Ridinger, Coal Black

“ are chosen … far more than others ,

as Carriage Horses ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Coal Black. Noir get. “Raven-black, gleaming into dark slate blue, narrow facial marking and lower hands white, at the braided crest shining brass sheets – quietly standing (to the left)” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Kohl Rappe. / J. E. Ridinger inv. Sculpsit et excudit Aug. Vind., otherwise French as above. 7½ × 5¼ in (18.9 × 13.3 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 952. – 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 coal blacks, which are very good and the blackest of all … are regarded as especially superior, they are much inclined to rage, and are not so easily appeased when having been raised … Those, which have a star and well-drawn narrow blaze, also a fine mark at those hind hands, which does not go up, are esteemed above others, and it is certain that one finds among the coal blacks excellent horses, and the blacker the color so much more durable they are … Therefore the coal blacks are chosen for their lasting color, far more than others, as carriage horses, for they are not so much subjected to the change of the coat as others ”

(Ridinger in the preamble Nature and Characteristics of Horses, according to their Colors, pp. 31 f., enclosed in copy).

With watermark C & I Honig below fragment of fleur-de-lis arms with beehive pendant 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”. – Below right in the 2.8-3.8 cm wide white margin somewhat smudgy from turning over, three slightly longer tears in the margins backed acid-freely.

Offer no. 16,042 | EUR 370. | export price EUR 352. (c. US$ 426.) + shipping

Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring

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“ Thank you very much for your prompt and very cooperative handling of this order. I very much look forward to seeing the map ”

(Mr. D. R.-H., January 26, 2005)


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