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Vintage Watercolor Brush, Petit Gris Pur, Quill Mop


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From historic French brushmaker Isabey, Vintage Watercolor Brushes combine professional-grade fibers with unique, luxurious handles. Browse the fiber and shape options below, or open the Product Description tab for more information on Isabey Vintage.

Synthetic Sable, Round
Synthetic Sable, Long Round
Synthetic Sable, Fan
Synthetic Sable, Flat
Petit Gris Pur, Quill Mop
Petit Gris Pur, Tracer
Petit Gris Pur, Round
Petit Gris Pur, Flat


With most high-end brushes, the handle is an afterthought. The Isabey Vintage line of fine watercolor brushes combines a hand-shaped, premium brush with a gorgeous tapered wood handle, an elongated brass ferrule, and a loop attached to the back for hanging your brush to dry.

In our studio tests, we really appreciated the unique shape and above-average weight of Isabey Vintage brushes. Even the smaller sizes come with substantial handles, which makes it feel that the brush is resting safely in your hand—thus allowing you to loosen your grip and improve your brush control.

This is the Isabey Vintage Series 6234𝑖, featuring Petit Gris Pur tips, made with natural grey squirrel hair. The natural wavy texture of squirrel has always made it a premier choice for watercolorists, because it offers unsurpassed water capacity and softness.

Vintage 6234𝑖 is hand-shaped in a classic quill, featuring a special wire-bound ferrule that accommodates much longer and thicker brush tips than the standard metal ferrule used with other shapes. The hair extends far beyond the exposed tip, into the large, porous section inside the ferrule, for maximum absorbency and color capacity.

The quill shape is also special because it offers an incredible, calligraphic range of line weights and styles within one brush. With a smaller quill, you can paint an entire piece, from backgrounds to sharp details, without putting down your brush. The extremely high-quality grey squirrel used in Isabey Vintage quills holds an excellent point for such a soft brush. That makes these premium quills very versatile in the studio.

Sold individually. Available in Isabey sizes Quill 0000 through Quill 12. Please note that these brush sizes may not correspond with other brands. We provide a photo with every size in accurate scale, so you can choose the one you need.

Note: Please do not remove or unwind the metal wire around your quill! The wire binding and the casing underneath it are a permanent and necessary part of the brush.



We ship all orders from our store in St. Louis, Missouri. 95% of orders are processed in 1-2 business days (Wednesday through Sunday). Shipping to the United States is always free for orders over $59. For orders under $59, domestic shipping rates start at $3.50. You can calculate your shipping cost in the cart or at checkout. For St. Louis residents, we also offer free curbside pickup. Just select "Pick Up" on the first page of checkout.


If there's a problem with your order, please contact our customer service team at If your order is damaged or defective, we will send you a prepaid return label and replace the item immediately. If you change your mind about an order, you can ship it back to us in new condition for a refund or exchange. However, if there is no error on our part, we cannot refund shipping charges or pay for return shipping. The deadline for all returns is 30 days from the delivery date. All clearance items, including our famous Mystery Box, are final sale.


We are an independent retailer trusted by artists since 2015, and our expert staff are happy to help you with any questions you might have about our products and services. We love helping our customers choose colors, build gift packages for friends, and get started with new tools and materials. We can also take special orders for items not listed on this site.


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Vintage Watercolor Brush, Petit Gris Pur, Quill Mop

Vintage Watercolor Brush, Petit Gris Pur, Quill Mop