Alexander Bivort 1855 Pear Esperine

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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.

Date:

1855

Source:

Annales de Pomologie Belge et Etrangere Published in Brussels

Volume:

4th Year

Plate No.:

N/A

Description:

Pear – Esperine (Grosse Louise du Nord) – the Fruit is large, two inches and a half wide, and three and a quarter long; obovate and blunt at the stalk with the skin, yellow, with a greenish tinge, considerably dotted with russet, and with patches of russet and a blush of red next the sun. Eye is large and open, set in a pretty deep basin with the stalk, an inch long, stout. The Flesh is half-melting, juicy, and rather gritty, sweet, sprightly, and perfumed. A good pear that ripens in November.

Print Method:

Lithograph and hand colored on paper

Condition:

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)

References:

The fruit manual; containing the descriptions & synonym’s of the fruits and fruit-trees of Great Britain. 1860. Robert Hogg http://www.archive.org/details/fruitmanualcont00hogggoog

Price:
$125.00
SKU:
48451
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