Johann Elias Ridinger, Dark Chestnut

“ Very Impatient and Obstinate Horses ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Dark Chestnut. Alzan brulé. “Kicking really wild … Reddish brown, crest and tail dark brownish, lower hand white” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Kohl Fuchs. / J. E. Ridinger inv. Sculpsit et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise French as above. 7⅝ × 5⅜ in (19.3 × 13.7 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 938. – 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 dark sorrel and liver chestnuts, however, are to be much preferred to all others, for these are very durable and indefatigable, but also very impatient and obstinate horses: yet where they once have been won and set right in breaking-in, which should be done with utmost patience, so one finds excellent horses among them ”

(Ridinger in the preamble Nature and Characteristics of Horses, according to their Colors, pp. 36 f., enclosed in copy).

With watermark fragment crowned fleur-de-lis arms as 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”. – Single tears particularly top and below in the 2.9-3.6 cm wide white margins partly backed of old.

Offer no. 16,060 | EUR 370. | export price EUR 352. (c. US$ 426.) + shipping

Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring

available in

A Great Plenitude of Individual Plates

„ Vielen Dank für Alles, liebe Grüße und schönes Wochenende von der Mosel Herzlichst “

(Frau A. B., 4. April 2003)


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