Pierre-Antoine Poiteau, Pl. 120 (Cerisier) Bigarreau à grande feuilles, stipple engraving, Pomologie Français, 1838–46
Enjoy special pricing on Pl. 120, (Cerisier) Bigarreau à grande feuilles, a rare stipple engraving from Pierre-Antoine Poiteau’s renowned botanical work Pomologie Français. Poiteau’s graceful composition of this heart-shaped sweet cherry with large leaves is exquisite. Showing the blossom, cross-section of fruit, and a branch in leaf and fruit, Poiteau's supreme mastery of botanical detail is revealed in his precise draughtsmanship and exquisite color palette.
Stipple engraving with à la poupée coloring finished by hand after Pierre-Antoine Poiteau. In perfect condition with pristine original color. Poiteau pinx.t, Bocourt, sculp.; folio size: 16.75 x 11.75 inches.
$325 this week only (list price $500). Offer expires 9-18-17
Pierre-Antoine Poiteau (1766–1854) was a French botanist, gardener, and botanical artist. During his youth he received some education and apprenticed as a gardener. With the onset of the French Revolution in 1789, gardening positions became scarce and he worked briefly as a farmer and other pursuits. In 1790, Poiteau applied to the Musée Histoire Naturelle in Paris. Upon acceptance there, he studied Linnaeus’ Systema vegetabillium and received botanical drawing instruction from Gerard van Spaëndonk and Pierre-Joseph Redouté. In 1796, Poiteau was appointed to an expedition to study the plants on Santo Domingo (later Haiti). There he met the gifted botanical artist, Pierre Jean Francois Turpin (1775–1840), with whom he became lifelong friends.
During the early 19th century, Poiteau and Turpin collaborated on many important botanical works, together illustrating Duhamel du Monceau’s Traité des Arbres Frutiers, a seminal work on the subject of fruit. Published by Duhamel in Paris in 1768, in 1782 the first colored edition was published with 150 plates designed by Redouté and Bessa. Duhamel’s work introduced a scientific method into pomological descriptions, depicting leaves in their true character for individual varieties of plants where previously one leaf would have been illustrated for all varieties of pears. Poiteau edited the last edition, which was practically a new work, under the name Pomologie Français from 1838–1846. Comprising 433 colored plates in four volumes, this much expanded edition is considered to be one of the finest examples of pomological art. Poiteau, working with Redouté’s printer, Langlois, achieved a superb realistic and tactile quality with Pomologie Français. In 1846, this final version was published in Paris. It is among the last great folios of fine stipple engravings from this era.
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