Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Dark Gray. Gris sale. “A rider standing in front of it holds the fine horse, standing quietly (to the right), by the bridle. Crest, tail and forehead gray-whitish, base color dark gray, shaded black and dappled” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Schwartz Schimmel. / J. E. Ridinger inv. sculpsit et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise French as above. 7½ × 5¼ in (19.2 × 13.5 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 969. – 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 dark gray, light or dark grays, sable grays, pike and iron grays now turn lighter, now darker, but one kind always differs 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”. – The tear-marked wide white lower margin backed of old, besides backed acid-freely smaller tears in the white upper margin.
Offer no. 16,054 / EUR 310. / export price EUR 295. (c. US$ 357.) + shipping
Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring
“ It came! My plate [already documented as lost] was delivered and it is in excellent condition. I cannot explain all of the delays or what happened. It is in the original packaging that you described and it was delivered by DHL, not the postal service (as far as I can tell – it was left on the porch [!!]). So thank you and so glad that this long story has such a nice ending. It was nice dealing with you, thank you for the plate! ”
(Mrs. J. C., May 8, 2010)