Alexander Bivort 1855 Apple Reinette Jaune Tardive

Catalog Number 48449
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Artist Biography:

Alexandre Bivort [1809-1872] was a Belgian nurseryman and creator of numerous fruits, He was active in various horticultural societies in Belgium and France and published two books: Album de Pomologie (1847-1851) followed by Annales de Pomologie Belge et Etrangere (1853-1860), which reprinted some of the plates from the earlier work yet most of the plates was newly created. They remain the classic reference on Belgian fruit of the era, in keeping with Bivort’s stated intentions to document a neglected area of botany and generate interest in the cultivation of fruit, including new varieties. Most of what he illustrated was fruits of apples and pears, as well as grapes, cherries and berries. Bivort took a particular interest in pears, the fruit tree that are the best adapted to the Belgian climate and he developed his own varieties, some of which he named after family members. Compliant with Bivort’s commitment realism, he took the unusual step of including damaged as well as imperfect specimens instead of the idealized perfection of the more typical collection. There are only three complete set known to exist.




Annales de Pomologie Belge et Etrangere Published in Brussels


4th Year

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Apple – Reinette Jaune Tardive – the Fruit is rather above medium size, three inches broad, and two and a half high; roundish, and very much flattened at the base with the skin thin and tender, pale green at first, but changing as it attains maturity to a line deep yellow, with a deeper and somewhat of an orange tinge on the side exposed to the sun, and covered all over with numerous large russet dots and a few traces of delicate russet. Eye is open, with long, acuminate, green segments, set in a wide, rather deep, and plaited basin with the stalk, an inch long, inserted in a deep round cavity, which is lined with thin russet. Flesh is yellowish, delicate, tender, and very juicy, with a rich sugary flavor, and without much acidity and ripens between November to February.

Print Method:

Lithograph and hand colored on paper


Very good to Excellent some with faint offset

Size of Print:

345 x 260 mm. (Approximately 13 ½ x 10 ¼ inches)

Size of Leaf:

345 x 260 mm. (Approximately 13 ½ x 10 ¼ inches)


The fruit manual; containing the descriptions & synonym’s of the fruits and fruit-trees of Great Britain. 1860. Robert Hogg

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