Johann Elias Ridinger, Ordinary or Light Chestnut

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Ordinary or Light Chestnut. Alzan clair. “Raising the head, downhill, stepping quite leisurely, fine foxy-brown, crest and tail off-whitish” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Ordinair oder Liecht Fuchs. / J. E. Ridinger invenit Sculpsit et excudit Aug. Vindelic., otherwise French as above. 7½ × 5¼ in (19.2 × 13.5 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 935. – 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 light chestnuts are of very many kinds, and the most common color is now lighter, now darker, most (as here, too) have white hairs, others turn into darker, yet all these are not particularly considered. For as much fire they show initially, so soon they remit as most are of no durable, but dull and soft kind ”

(Ridinger in the preamble Nature and Characteristics of Horses, according to their Colors, pp. 36 f., 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”. – Lower right in the 2.3-3.8 cm wide white margin somewhat smudgy from turning over, top right slight age stain. Faint brown spot above the head.

Offer no. 16,055 / EUR  345. / export price EUR  328. (c. US$ 397.) + shipping

Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring

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(Mr. M. L., April 24 and 29 resp. and May 6, 2003)


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