Raphael have been known as the Rolls Royce of ar tists’ brushes for over 100 years. At HFAW, we have been appointed the agents for these brushes and it is with great pride that we are happy to have this association with perhaps the oldest artists’ supply manufacturer. Raphael brushes have been made in France since 1793. The original workshop was located in Paris, but later relocated to Oinville, 50 km from Paris where it remained until the end of the last century. In 1925, the fine art brush factory was shifted east to become ‘Atelier St. Brieuc’ in Brittany. The company is still owned by the Sauer family.
All Raphael brushes are double-set or glued into the base and only the finest quality ferrules are used. Traditional methods have been passed down to ensure the finest quality, and extensive research has gone into the manufacturing process. This means that artificial fibres, such as Kaerell, constitute brushes of superior quality, as all aspects of brushmaking practice have been employed with the same attention to detail as warrants natural fibres.