A Satin or Silk White Horse
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Fully White Horse. Cheval Blanc. To the right. “Supposedly born white, with which the hairs are milky white and glossy (therefore satin or silk white), which are rare though. He is presented leaping with neat bridle” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Gantz weisser Schimmel. / J. E. Ridinger inv. Sculpsit et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise French as above. 7½ × 5⅜ in (19.2 × 13.6 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 920. – 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.
“ These, especially the fully white horses, are quite a fine and pleasant sight. and even though they are very delicate, and of a weak complexion, they are an excellent train for seigneurs ”
(Ridinger in the preamble Nature and Characteristics of Horses, according to their Colors, pp. 33 ff., 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”. – Top margin tear perceptible only as minute box pleat still extending into the sky part for 2 cm and tear off below left in the likewise wide white margin, both backed of old. Lower right in the 2.5-3.8 cm wide white margin besides faintly smudgy from turning over.
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Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring
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