“ A Delicate Horse of Rare Color ”
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Dun Colored. Pies Auber. Standing to the left, with bridle. “A delicate horse of rare color. The spots just yellow-reddish lined with white braid …” (Th.) and therefore unrivaled by R.’s finest of the finest of all piebald horses. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Falcken Schecke. / J. El. Ridinger fec. et. exc. A. V., otherwise French as above. 7⅞ × 5½ in (19.9 × 14 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 953. – 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 piebald horses) are to be found in all kinds of the principal and decreasing colors. However, those are considered the best and finest which have at least as much dark as light color. Yet these are considered the finest … ”
(Ridinger in the preamble Nature and Characteristics of Horses, according to their Colors, p. 38, 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 2.2-3.6 cm wide white margin lower right somewhat time-smudgy, the far left edge reinforced for no reason.
Offer no. 16,067 / EUR 345. / export price EUR 328. (c. US$ 397.) + shipping
Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring
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