Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Light Bay Skewbald. Pie bais clair. “Bridled, galloping (to the right), light reddish ocher, gradually darker brown up to the foxy brown … crest and tail dark brown, fading into white” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Hellbrauner Schecke. / (J. E. Ridinger inv. sc. et exc. Aug. Vind.), otherwise French as above. 7½ × 5¼ in (18.9 × 13.3 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 954. – 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”. – Large tear off in the lower margin outside of image and caption, but with loss of the signature inscription backed of old. Reinforced of old besides the thereby somewhat crumpled left margin.
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Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring
„ Hallo Herr Niemeyer, die (originale Ridinger-)Druckplatte (im rotgoldenen Glanze ihres jahrhundertealten Kupfers) ist heute wohlbehalten weil gut verpackt bei mir eingetroffen. Ganz herzlichen Dank dafür. Der Kaufpreis wird morgen früh an Sie angewiesen. Mit den besten Grüßen … ”
(Herr J. L., 16. Juli 2018)