Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Pike Gray. Gris couleur de brochet. “Lying, bridled, bound at one foot … Hind and fore thighs, also shading, light slate blue, crest black, the rest white” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Hecht Schimmel. / J. E. Ridinger inv. sculpsit et excudit Aug. Vind., otherwise French as above. 7½ × 5¼ in (19.2 × 13.4 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 924. – 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.
“ All other kinds, as … pike gray … now turn brighter, now darker, yet each kinds always differ from the other. Those whose extremities, crown, crest, and tail are blackish, or entirely black, are justly preferred to those brighter ones, for they are of more durable nature, and in the most characteristics better and nobler ”
(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”. – Isolated small tears in the 2.6-3.8 cm wide white margin backed acid-freely.
Offer no. 16,047 / EUR 295. / export price EUR 280. (c. US$ 338.) + shipping
Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring
“ (after postal problems with the delivery) I have now received the package. thank you for your perseverance (to find the parcel again) in this matter. Warm Regards … ”
(Mr. L. T., October 31, 2012)