“ The Fine Horse ”
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Light Dapple Gray with White Extremities. Gris Pomelé avec les extremités blanches. With bridle and girth, led to the left. “The fine horse … It is a dapple-gray … shaded with light slate blue …” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Liechter spiegel Schim(m)el mit weissen extremiteten. / J. E. Ridinger inv. Sculpsit et excudit Aug. Vind., otherwise French as above. 7⅜ × 5¼ in (18.8 × 13.3 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 966. – 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.
“ … as the other kinds of white horses are quite subjected to the change of their coat, also the older they get, especially the dapple grays, lose the dapples … ”
(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”. – Two tears in the 4cm wide white lower margin and the lower left corner resp. backed. Right lower corner quite faintly smudgy from turning over.
Offer no. 16,048 / EUR 295. / export price EUR 280. (c. US$ 338.) + shipping
Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring
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