Johann Elias Ridinger, Piebald

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Piebald. Pie noir. “Trotting (to the right), fine horse” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Schwartz Schecke. / J. E. Ridinger inv. Sc. et exc. Aug. Vind., otherwise French as above. 7½ × 5¼ in (19.2 × 13.4 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 958. – 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.

“ For the finest, however, are considered these which have the head, including the neck, if not fully, yet the most of it, of the darker color. If beside this the color is distributed well on the whole horse, if the hands particularly about the knees are dark both in front and back, and white below, the crown, crest and tail has more black than light color … the more then the color distributed among each other, so much better they are considered, especially those which are of three colors, but are very rare. One finds horses among them, whose characteristics are excellent, for though some do not regard this kind,

so  it  depends  with  them , as  with  everything ,

on  the  connoisseur  and  amateur ”

(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”. – Left margin entirely, the right one half way up backed of old and outside of the fine image also otherwise noticeably age-marked.

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Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring

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„ nachdem die wunderbare Stangenabwurf-Folge (Wintter’s Aufsezen oder wachstum des Hirschgeweihes hiesiger Lieferung) nun meine Wand ziert, habe ich zwei (Desiderata-)Bitten an Sie. Es fehlt mir … Können Sie mir behilflich sein? “

(Herr C. R., 28. Januar 2015)


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