Your Palette Collection…

The following palettes are FOR SALE. Arjen, Teddy, Sandwich, Lunchbox, and me are moving to our dream house! It is a little nutshell of a dream house with still-limited wall space, so I’m parting with about half of the collection.

You will find some very affordable palettes below (in the 20Euro range) but also some of museum quality that cost much more.  Several are still in their boxes– although you can always inquire about purchasing the palette without the box if that’s your preference.

If you are interested in buying any of them (or the collection as a whole), shoot me an email and I can answer questions/ send an invoice. The prices and dimensions are listed below them with thumbnails that will open up to a much larger size.

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#010 – Large Palette from Delft – 120Euro

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No. 010 – Large palette early 1900s – 69 cm x 48 cm. This palette came from a small antique shop in Delft. It is a large kidney with a lot of old paint. The artist’s precise style of working (reds to yellows) with sky and earth colors below shows a total absence of green. A lot of clues about the artist exist in this palette– namely it broke several times and he continued to use it despite the cracks. It’s an unusual palette in its impracticability: it’s very large and yet the body is less than a 1/2 cm thick, while the saddle is over 3 cm thick– it makes for a VERY unwieldy palette likely to crack again and again. The thickness of the palette simply cannot support the weight of the saddle. It is a fortunate thing that the artist finally stopped using it– otherwise it would certainly have cracked further and become firewood! I’ve photographed the front/back to show where the cracks are. I’ve had this wall-displayed for several years and it’s perfectly safe hanging. I would not (personally) try to restore it because it is fragile. It is also LOVELY.



#007 – Antique Dutch Palette and Box w/ original contents- 90Euro

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# 002 – Early 20th century palette from artists’ colony in Laren -54 x 37 cm – 130 Euro

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#003 – Another palette by same Laren artist – 32 x 41 cm – 100 Euro

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# 004 – Large Mid-Century Dutch Palette from Laren – 60 Euro

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# 005 -19th Century Palette (from pochade box) -100Euro – RESERVED

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#006 – Mid-Century Dutch Palette w/ Box & Supplies – 85Euro

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No. 8 – on metal – 24 x 17.5cm – England – 30Euro

No.8 is the only metal palette I’ve seen that hasn’t been used for watercolor. Metal and enamel palettes are always found in watercolor boxes, so this one’s a mystery.


No. 24 – Rye, England – 19.5 x 32cm – 25Euro

No. 24 I found in the impossibly quaint little village of Rye. Such an old, smuggling town filled with snaking, cobblestone streets and SO many antique shops! I cleaned them out of palettes last time I was there on my honeymoon, but perhaps, with so many painters, there’s been a resurgence. This is a very old (early to mid 19th-century) Rowney palette with a small crack and the residue of a lot of old paint.


No. 25 – 17.5 x 28cm – Rye, England – 25Euro

No. 25 I found in the same shop in Rye and No. 24. I would imagine they belonged to the same artist.


No.32 – Maine, USA – 26 x 36 cm – blond board – 35Euro

No. 32 is on a super blond board – pine I imagine. It’s a very 1950s palette and will go best with modern paintings or any sort of retro/ vintage decorating scheme. I don’t often find palettes this blond, so it really stands out.


No.35 – Dutch – 29.5 x 40cm – 50Euro

No. 35 is a colorful, modern Dutch palette. It’s large, bright, and just waiting to be propped up behind a row of books or a flowerpot.


No.41 – Vermont, USA – 22.5 x 30cm – 30Euro

No.41 I found on a real country ramble. With beautiful, rounded corners, this palette is colorful, eclectic, and much more red (wood) in color than most.


No.44 – Wells, ME – left-handed – footprint – 41.5 x 29cm – 60Euro

No. 44 came from a real highbrow antiques shop in Wells, Maine. I don’t typically go into ‘fine’ antiques shops, but this one was irresistible, and I found this: the footprint palette. As you can see, the painted walked over the palette and in doing so created a perfect shoe print. There’s certainly a story there!


No.45 – New Hampshire, USA – 30 x 40cm – 25Euro

No. 45 is almost perfectly cleaned. It’s lovely maple, less than 20 years old, and intended for either display or use. If you like the idea of painting off someone else’s palette, then this is a nice, high quality example that’ll never warp.


No.46 – child’s palette – Netherlands – 24 x 16cm – 20Euro

No. 46 – This little palette is the companion to No. 9. It belonged to the same child.


No.47 – California – 24.5 x 35.5cm – 30 Euro

No. 47 I bought on an online auction. the colors were so non-traditional, I loved it for its daring.


No.48 – UK – acrylic & watercolor two-sided – 23 x 13cm – 25 Euro

No. 48 is a sweet little palette that’s been used for both watercolor and acrylic. It’s two-sided and seems to have belonged to an amateur artist who was sort of dabbling around with small stripes of color. It is very bright and happy looking even if it wasn’t involved with the Mona Lisa.


No.50 – Paris market – 29.5 x 39cm – 25Euro

No. 50 came from a Paris market. it looks like a decorative palette of someone who painted furniture or the like. It looks like a one-project palette in that the colors are limited. There is an opalescent quality to some of the paints used.


No.54 – New Hampshire, USA – 100Euro

No. 54 is a ponderous, heavy piece with a huge amount of original paint. Around the edge, you can see the artist was methodical about applying his paints in the proper order and mixing in the center. There is a lot of paint straight from the tube still glued to the surface looking eerily frozen in time. The dark center of this palette seems somehow scary.


No.59 – UK– 35 x 22.5cm – 25Euro

No. 59 is a spotty old palette. The artist has aggressively cleaned it, but some stubborn bright flakes have clung to it for eternity. This is a great palette to prop up behind a vignette or a cup of old paintbrushes. Warning: this palette has a musty smell that could do you in. Needs airing!


No.61 – 32.5 x 21 cm – London – 20Euro

No. 61 is either mahogany or rosewood – very pink – with a splattering of pastels pinks and teals.


No.62 – decorative palette – New York – 27 x 40cm – 80Euro


No. 80 is the ultimate display palette. I can’t imagine it was ever a working palette, but it is tremendous for display purposes. If you have any artists boxes or cups of paintbrushes, this palette would be fabulous in the background. To say it is loaded with paint is a gross understatement. You can see from the pictures that the ridges of paint are about a mile high.


No.63 – New Hampshire, USA – 35 x 50cm – 75Euro


No. 63 is a great technical palette- a very unusual shape, very elegant. The artist has done his or her job in cleaning it up properly, but for those who like to see paint, there is still a quantity of paint on the reverse. This is a great palette for displaying in reverse; you get to see the lovely, dark wood, the splatters of paint, and appreciate the way these large, old palettes were constructed.


No.64 – solvent rim – UK – 43 x 33cm – 30Euro

No. 64 is a ‘correct’ palette in that the artist has grouped the paint colors properly around the edge. He or she has also used a killing sort of solvent that has clouded the perimeter. The paint colors are still visibly through a ghostly layer of old solvent.


No.65 – France – w/ glass cup attached – 130Euro


No. 65 is a spectacular piece. This is a two-sided acrylic palette, sold to me as deco (1920s- although I’d guess 1940s with an attached glass cup in the center. The cup has been bombed with paint and looks more like metal, as you can see in the thumbnails. There are many, many layers of bright, delicious paint on both sides. The reverse has more of a dark, marbled look. The cup cannot come out of the palette– it’s like a ship in a bottle. The palette has cracked next to the palette- perhaps someone trying to get the cup out. The crack has not compromised the integrity of the palette in any way. Because of the cup (and the painting on the reverse) it’s can’t be hung with a simple nail. I would suggest either propping it up on a shelf, or buying a wire plated hanger and adjusting it to fit this palette.


No.66 – UK – 15Euro

No.66 is a lovely mahogany palette with some splotches of turquoise, navy, black and yellow.



No. 70 – Double-Sided CAKED French metal palette – 160 Euro

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No. 70 is really two palettes. When you look at the photos, it may be confusing to see the bright, frantic colors followed by the muddier, clay tones. The reason is the first photos are one side, and the last are the reverse. Both sides are positively caked. The palette itself is metal, making it a fairly heaven piece. It really is the paint that’s making it heavy. This is a great, 19th-century palette- very hard to beat. It came straight from the Paris markets where the woman was trying to impress on me that it was a ‘work of art itself’. She apparently didn’t know she was preaching to the choir!



No. 1 – 35.5 x 27 – from France. 120 Euro SOLD

No.1 is a colorful, lush French palette that looks good enough to eat. From tomato red to blueberry and maize, this palette is LOADED with color. It has a wonderful texture too; it’s its own little fantasy landscape.


No.2 – from France with dipper – 29 x16.5cm – 75Euro SOLD

No. 2 and its dipper appear to never have been parted. This is a lovely, really caked palette about 100 years old. It’s a box palette and is skinny enough to slip into just about any vignette. It brings color and interest to everything around it.


No.4 – from Paris market– 39.5 x 24cm – 95 Euro SOLD

No.4 is very old mid to late 19th century – and very evocative of sea painting. The pigments are surprisingly bright for such an old palette. This one almost reads like a painting.


No.5 – folding palette – hardware perfect – Paris – 39.5 x 24 – 120Euro SOLD

No.5 is a rare, folding palette. The hardware is lovely. The pyramidal points that prevent it from sticking to itself are an interesting feature.


No. 9 – child’s palette – from the Netherlands – 18 x 24cm – 25Euro SOLD

No.9 – Most very small palettes are routinely called ‘children’s palettes’ but often that is not the case. Sellers just like to say that because it sounds charming. This one (and its companion further down the list) actually ARE old children’s palettes. I happen to know because they belonged to the Dutch woman I bought them from.


No. 10 – sanded down by artist – possibly homemade– 17 x 23.5cm – 30Euro SOLD

No.10 is another unusual palette. It’s very small and egg-shaped. I’ve not come across this shape ever– with the exception of this one. The scoring on the reverse makes me wonder if it’s homemade. The artist seems to have attempted to clean it by sanding it- in in doing so has created a marbled effect.


No. 12 – Maine, USA signed G. Addam– 30 x 40.5cm – 100Euro SOLD

No.12 I found in an antique shop in Wells, Maine. It’s a stunning looking palette- full of color and texture. I haven’t been able to find anything of an artist named ‘G.Addam’ (it’s signed), but there were several important artists’ colonies in Maine in the late 19th and early 20th century, so it’s like searching for a needle in a haystack.


No. 15 – 30 x 23cm – Maine, USA – double-sided – 65Euro SOLD

No.15 is another two-sided palette from Maine. One side is predominantly blue and the other, yellow. It’s a lovely box palette I found in a tiny little shop in Ogunquit.


No. 16 – palette knife palette– France – 40 x 28cm – 2-sided – 170Euro RESERVED


No.16 is another museum quality palette. It is heavy with PAINT! Layers and layers have been applied over its life. This seems to be a palette knife painter’s palette; there are no brushstrokes visible but TONS of scraping and raking marks through the many layers. The colors are phenomenal. This isn’t a palette I would hang on a wall because of the quantity of paint on both sides. This would be lovely atop a mantle or shelf, where it could be flipped periodically. Just an idea.


No. 17 – double-sided – Dutch – 38 x 25cm – 120Euro – RESERVED

No.17 – Rarely do you find a Dutch palette that’s COLORFUL, but here is the exception. A really electric example.


No. 19 – two-sided – Amsterdam– 50 x 34cm – 80Euro RESERVED

No.19 is another great Amsterdam palette. One side is pastel (maybe a floral painting) and the main side is darker. You can see where the artist rested his cup of solvent because there’s a prominent ring on the pastel side. This is a painter who rested the palette, rather than holding it. He (or she) also thought they’d use more white than they ended up using. The waster white makes a lovely little detail.


No. 20 – two-sided – 13.5 x 23cm – 85Euro – RESERVED


No 20 was one of the palettes featured in the BBC article (the blue bedroom vignettes shot). It’s a two-sided little masterpiece- both sides are heavily encrusted- so much so that the hole has morphed into a new shape! There are 4 small hoes (extra) bored into it- no idea why. It’s heavy for a small palette because of its thickness of paint.


No. 21 –two-sided – 22.5 x 29.5 – 120Euro SOLD

No.21 is two-sided; one side very earthy in color and the other very fleshy. It’s a very high-relief palette– lots of unused paint leftover that created tremendous texture and interest. The colors are really stunning. Can only be hung with the blue side out because of the thickness of paint on that side.


No. 22 – Amsterdam Albert Cuyp Markt– two-sided – 16.5 x 34cm – 85Euro SOLD


No.22 was found right around the corner from where I live near the Albery Cuyp Markt in Amsterdam. The owner of a clothing shop was using it for part of a window display. I had a very hard time getting him to sell it, and although I left with it, I left with him thinking I was insane for wanting to buy a palette. Likewise, I thought he was insane for thinking it worked well in the window of a fashion shop. It’s 2-sided and popping with color. It’s also an unusual, slim shape, making it great for sandwiching in between other artwork on a wall.


No. 14 – 2-sided – French market- 29 x 35.5 – 120Euro – RESERVED

no.14 is another two-sided palette with high relief. Part of its charm is that it’s very different from one side to the other. It’s calling out to be displayed in a transom window or somewhere where both sides can be admired.


No. 26 – UK 30.5 x 19.5 cm – palette of Edward Henry Bearne (1844-1914) – 30Euro SOLD

No. 26 belonged to the English painter, Edward Henry Bearne (1844 – 1914). He was a rustic genre painter; his work is very romantic and pastoral. At first glimpse he seems like the Thomas Kinkade of the 19th century, but I feel that’s somehow unfair to Bearne. This palette has a crack along the body and one around the thumb hole. A palette this age is going to have seen a lot of danger– even rustic danger.


No. 29 – Dutch artist Henk Hausman – double dipper – 45 x 29cm – 100Euro SOLD


I found No. 29 in Utrecht– the only palette I’ve found in Utrecht. It was in a sort of junk/ antique shop and the owner knew the man who this belonged to. I believe he said his name was Henk Huisman (fairly common first and last names in Dutch). But apparently the man painted quite a bit in the 1950s and, as of last year, was still alive but living in something like a rest home. Apparently a lovely, smart man still.


No. 42 – palette knife palette – 24.5 x 33 cm – France – 90Euro SOLD

No. 42 is a palette knife palette. If this isn’t Monet’s Giverney, then I don’t know what is!There is SO much brushwork and so many layers on this palette, it’s almost a shame to hang it on the wall; it seems to belong on a coffee table where it can be constantly inspected and admired. It has a ton of movement and interest and is a perfect vignette piece.


No.49 – Edward Henry Bearne studied w/ Jozef van Luppen – 26 x 16.5 – 50Euro RESERVED


No. 49 us the 3rd palette I’m listing belonging to Edward Henry Bearne (like No. 26 and No.34). You’ll find more about the artist above. He seems to have been using some kind of glaze that wasn’t quite dry when he set the palette down sideways (probably on the floor) and the glaze ran. The colors are unbelievably lovely.


No.52- Ohio, USA– 38 x 26.5cm – 45Euro SOLD

No. 52 looks to me like the palette of another furniture or sign painter. The artist seems to have been experimenting with brushwork ON the palette. the result is a very marbled palette with a lovely, unusual kidney shape. The hooked corner near the thumb hole is something you rarely see.


No.56 – signed ‘Lucca’ – Maine, USA – 31 x 41cm – 65Euro SOLD


No. 56, also from Maine, is signed simply ‘Lucca’. The colors suggest a modern, even abstract painter. Lots o black stripes look like practice for outlining. If you ever find a still life or a whacky modern sea scene signed ‘Lucca’, then you’ve probably found the artist.


No.60 – sign painter’s palette – 36 x 27cm – 120Euro SOLD

No. 60 is a super gem. it’s a Victorian palette that belonged to a sign painter. I know, because I have the paintbox, but it was a gift, so I’m torn about selling it. Inside was a homemade sign painter’s rest (to balance the paintbrush while he painted against something vertical), paints, tools, and a little cardboard packet of homemade stencils. I think he worked with his palette in the lid of the box – hence the dripping.


No. 70 – Maine, USA – 25Euro SOLD

No.70 is a ghostly palette with lots of soft brushwork and phantom splatters. It’s similar in feel to No.42 and No.58 with its own unique color scheme.


No. 67 – Church Painting in lid – Palette – box:: 22 x 2728 x 24 x 4 – 140 Euro SOLD

No 67 is a true find. This is a chevalier box wherein the artist could keep some paints, a canvas board, and a palette that slides out, as you can see in the pictures. In this case, the artist has painted a quaint church into the cover of the box– and apparently with the colors that are still on the palette. the box is lovely and intriguing with all its hooks and latches. This is a lovely piece to display open.


No. 001 – Dutch Artist Box Loaded with Supplies/ Palette – 190 Euro (palette reserved)

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No. 001 – Here is a 1930s-40s Dutch box that is jammed with original supplies. This artist used the Dutch versions of several brands — mostly Rembrandt and Talons (labels in Dutch), 2 jars of fixative/glaze/varnish, scrapers, a plastic mixing sheet, palette knives, brushes, and potted paints. This box (lid warping) really does have everything. Including size (46 x 36 x 8.5cm). The palette is the piece-de-resisitence! It’s a mahogany kidney that measures (41 x 28cm)– it is the smallest kidney I’ve found.


No.3 – from Concord, Massachusetts -on masonite – 23 x 31cm – 55 Euro SOLD

No.# has a very Seurat  feel– lots of bright pinpricks if color. This palette is masonite, a soft, unusually rounded shape. I found it in Concord, MA, the quintessential New England village– and it’s suddenly buzzing with antique/vintique shops.


No. 6 – St. Denis, France – double-sided – 16 x 24cm – 145Euro RESERVED

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No.6 is a two-sided palette from St. Denis, France. The artist used both sides to dibble dabble. This best thing about this set is that the box is entirely hand-made. It’s made out of different wooden scraps- looks like old crates — and a leather tab has been nailed on to lift the lid. He’s even made individual compartments for the tubes of paint. There’s a double dipper, a handful of  brushes, and a wooden tool I’m not familiar with. This artist was talented, at least,  when it came to woodworking!


No.7 – expressionist palette– 23.5 x 19cm – 70Euro SOLD

No.7 is very unusual, not just for its stark, modern colors, but because it’s an unusually small round palette. Most round palettes you find a large, studio palettes, but this one would have certainly been carried around in a box. The artist must have known he/she didn’t need a lot of color, and was content with a small palette.


No. 11 – pair studio palettes of artist, Howard E. Lanter – 49 x 40cm – 500Euro RESERVED

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No.11 is a pair of palettes from the same artist. These are mid-late 19th-century palettes. The artist was clearly of the ‘correct’ school in separating his colors and his mixing space. He must have been well enough off to bypass cleaning his palette in favor of just buying a new, identical one. These are heavy, serious palettes- not cheap by any means. Someone has fixed some VERY old hanging apparatuses to the backs of both- both fully functional and trustworthy still. There is a lot of paint on the reverses, suggesting the artist actually held his palette while painting, rather than propping it up or resting it on a stool. These are large, old, very stately looking palettes– museum quality for sure. I bought them for nearly $1000 from a dealer three years ago and have cared for them meticulously ever since. They are identical palettes sized 48 x 36cm.


No. 13 – France – acrylic double sided – 29.5 x 39cm – 65Euro – RESERVED

No. 13 is a French palette with heavy acrylic painting on both sides.


No. 18 – New Hampshire, USA – 41 x 31cm – 40Euro RESERVED

No.18 I found in a treasure-hunting run through New Hampshire. NH is not, for me, a historically good palette state. But this is an unusual one I found in a small shop. The artist seems to have tried to remove paint with a scraper of some sort, rather than the more traditional method of wiping it off with a rag. The effect is interesting and really adds to its curiousness.


No. 27 – 30.5 x 20cm – New England – 25Euro SOLD

No. 27 has a pointillist quality about it. It looks like the palette of a floral painter. One corner is chipped, and the painter seems to have tried to scrape off some paint- but this is still a garden of color to be seen.


No. 28 – two-sided- France – 130Euro RESERVED


No. 28 is another HEAVY palette!The artist really caked one side with paint and seems to have been painting with a palette knife. You can see layer upon layer of really bright colors around the rim of the edge. The artist seems to have had a system for laying out his/ her paint. However, the back is painted white with a constellation of bright dots. Almost as if the painter was wiping off excess paint to do something really fine. The technique from side to side is so different, this palette will leave you guessing.


No. 30 – Canada – 35.5 x 25cm – 65Euro – RESERVED

No. 30 I bought in an online auction. I thought the colors were beautifully blended and soft. I still do. There are pockets of bright crimson and cobalt, but the body is blended into a very soothing mustardy soup.


No. 31 – UK – 14.5 x 33cm – 70Euro RESERVED

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No. 31 is another skinny little gem. These small, irregular palettes are perfect for squeezing in between your existing wall art. This is the longest skinny one I’ve found. The artist seems to have favored Devoe paints, as there are an abundance of them. There are brushes, a double dipper (godet), two palette knives, and a funny leaded pencil. The leather handle has fallen off the box, but it is tucked inside. The box measures: 36 x 5.5 x 17.5cm


No. 33 – St. Denis, France – 24.5 x 33cm – 150Euro RESERVED

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No.33 -Somehow French palettes are always so delicious! The combination of colored globs and wild little strokes make this one exciting to look at. There is a lot of color and texture to it – and no rhyme or reason on the part of the painter. The palette is looking brighter because I spent some time cleaning it. The box belongs to somebody named ‘Betsey—‘ maybe you will have better luck reading the name. She’s written it in pencil on the three wooden tools. And she’s written it at different times, because one signature is pencil, one is artist’s ink, and one is blue writing ink. This must mean that she stuck with it– and kept adding to her box; she didn’t buy all of her supplies at once (says Sherlock). There is a key that fits the lock, but it doesn’t want to turn the lock anymore, and I can’t recommend forcing it. There are a lot of brushes and paints, 2 rags, a bottle (the label has fallen off, but it’s still there are looking crisp (if glueless), a can (probably turps), previous woodworm and one more interesting thing: if you have very sharp eyes, you’ll see she wrote the letter ‘B’ on the exterior lid of her box. Funny that on those tiny tools she managed to write her entire name in script, yet on the lid of the box, with all the room in the world, she just wrote ‘B’. Artists aren’t known for their consistency though. The box is 335.5 x 26.5 x 6.5

(note: if you want to clean your palettes just use water. A little lemon juice is okay too. Never rub– it’s a dab-only zone! You can lift dust this way- especially when you use the head of a q-tip on high-relief areas. Again, resist the urge to rub. It’s a timely process, but you will get result. Paints are great hosts to dust, so once you clear the dust, the colors will come shining through.


No.34 – Edward Henry Bearne (1844-1914) – UK – 23.5 x 28.5 cm – 60Euro RESERVED

No.  34 – like palette No. 26, this one also belonged to Edward Henry Bearne. This is a really traditional, tonalist palette about 100 years old – possibly more. The warp is very slight, but I took a side shot anyway. There is a crack along the side that’s probably been there for decades.


No.36 – Ohio, USA – 39.5 x 30.5 – 50Euro – RESERVED


No. 36 I bought online with etsy and was thrilled to find it was older than I’d thought. Along the side there was a crack/ break, and you can see how the artist used it before and after the crack. Although predominantly greens and blues, there are dashes or mustard and crimson.


No. 40 – London – 33.5 x 22cm – 180Euro SOLD

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No. 40 has a real impressionist feel to its brushstrokes but the colors are more jewel-tone than light and bright. This palette has a lot of action and interest in its color combinations and brushwork. There are a lot of woodsy and watery colors present. And the box does NOT disappoint! Although I purchased this set in England, everything about it is French– brings to mind all the young artists who went, like lambs to the slaughter, to Paris to study. This box is loaded with old, French paint tubes, a French glass bottle (possibly thinner), two dippers, a built-in well (this artist was not a ham-and-egger). In addition, inside the back of the lid, where the artist would keep drying boards or sketches, there is a quaint little pen and ink landscape, and also a scrap of canvas with the words ‘A bas Hitler’ accompanied by a swastika. To me that says’ under Hitler’, but I’m no language expert. It is an odd, startling thing to find in the lid of a palette box!


No. 43 – London market – 41 x 27 cm – 60Euro SOLD

No. 43 came off Portobello Road market. In the center the wood like very grey, like shingles, but around the edges is natural brown– probably preserved by some finish the painter was using. This palette also has nice, soft, ballet hints; little pink and peach prints in the center, but a proper blending of richer colors around the edge.


No.51 – Maine, USA – 31 x 41cm – 35Euro – RESERVED

No. 51 is a fairly modern palette that comes from Maine. At first glance, it’s very dark and stormy, but upon closer inspection, you will find a rainbow of soft colors. This is a high-shine palette that is completely covered with bold brushwork.


No.53 – London market – 33 x 22.5cm – 55Euro SOLD

No. 53 – Here is another treasure off the London streets. This palette really looks like a painting. Depending on which square inch you’re looking at– you’ll see something different. Your guess is as good as mine as to what sort of an artist this was because this palette is so completely spackled in color.


No.55 – Maine, USA – 31 x 41cm – 35Euro SOLD


No. 55 is a Maine palette that undoubtedly painted the sea and sky. The bare ring where the dipper was clipped says something about how the painter worked. When you look at the thumbnails you’ll see there are many layers of brighter paint underneath. This has been a busy palette!


No.57 – Portobello Road, London – 30 x 40cm – SOLD

No. 57 is a classic, busy palette filled with small amounts of many colors. It’s what I think of as a spectrum palette because every color in the rainbow seems to be represented.


No.58 – UK – 28.5 x 36 – 70Euro RESERVED

No. 58 – I always think of as the ‘ballet’ palette. The colors are so soft– they almost look like pastel rather than oil paint. It’s a highly-colored palette with the softest brushwork you can imagine. So soft it has a magical, tulle quality to it.


No.68 – Boston box – Frost & Adams – initials long gone – box: 35 x 25 x 6.5 – palette: 23 x 34 – 160Euro RESERVED

No. 68 is, in my mind, the ultimate artists box. The box itself is my Frost and Adams, an art supplier in Boston established in the 1860s. By the 1880s, they were THE art supplier in Boston. You can see the box bears the clear label of the shop. This box was once initialed, but the bare eye can no longer detect the letters. Could this be Sargent’s or Whistler’s box? The palette, brushes, and eraser are all original to the box. Some of the paintbrushes have been snapped in half (temper, temper), and there is a clever sort of hook I’m demonstrating in two of the pictures, to show how the palette magically stays in place in the lid. It is a clever, quality (even historic) box with a lovely, warm palette inside.


No.69 -Two-sided palette in box – France – palette: 26.5 x 16 box: 29 x 18 x 6.5 – 80Euro SOLD

No. 69 is another lovely box with a bright two-sided palette inside. Both sides are so bright, it’s hard to tell which is which, but I’ve photographed both. There are no supplies in the box, but it is the original box with the most important supply– the palette! The hardware is rather striking and you can see a splash of green paint on the handle. The handle is metal, made to look like leather – clever! A very pretty box with a very pretty surprise inside.

No. 71 – French box, Deco Era with delicious palette and original tools – 170 Euro RESERVED

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No. 71 is a gorgeous looking piece with the sort of palette that stays in the lid — it’s not a thumb hole palette; it has a ring to lift it and move it from the lower level to the lid, and back again. This would be for the painter who didn’t actually hold his palette and preferred  to work from it propped up inside the lid. The tubes of paint in here are absolutely glorious– the labels are beautiful and super deco. There’s a double dipper, a fantastic rag that looks good enough to wear. The brushes are lovely, the box is unusual- it’s just a great set.


No. 72 – A real English Cotswolds Palette – and it looks it – 35Euro SOLD

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No. 72 – I found this palette in Tetbury last summer and couldn’t help but think that it really mirrors the soft, sweeping qualities of the landscape. This was the only palette I found on a two-week holiday! (sniff sniff) It was hiding behind a bookcase, so if I hadn’t been in the middle of a good root, it would have been a no-palette holiday! It’s a large palette at 41 x 31.5 cm


Sign Painter’s Box – RESERVED

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The long-awaited sign painter’s box (39.5 x 29 x 7cm). I don’t even know where to begin on this one. I’ve taken some close-ups of the wells, bottle, metal rasp sundry paints. One of the photos shows a close-up of a few of the odder contents –  including compass. The sign painter’s rest is on its own. It’s a homemade rest, which is odd, when you take into account the amount of money that’s in this box. This person seems to have been of the philosophy– why buy it when you can make it? He also made his little pocket for stencils and the stencils themselves. Pre-cut stencils were available in the late Victorian period, so again, it’s funny and frugal that he would make his own. He does have a VERY early dauber (stencil brush) that’s pictured in the set of three ‘odd’ things. There’s also a little lined paper all folded up in the lowest segment of the box. This is something I haven’t dared to unfold or fool with it all, as it’s stuck where it is. Curiosity kills the cat and, in this case, certainly the paper.


Henk Hausman’s Box – RESERVED

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Henk Hausman’s – Despite the hefty size of this box (51.5 x 41.5 x 12cm) it is actually an art box, as you can see. It was made for people like Henk who used a LOT of supplies and was transient. A box like this is not an ideal plein air box,  but the Dutch are (and always have been) extremely vivacious people. (I guess I mean they dont’ seem to feel pain — sorry, husband) because this would have been, at the very least, inconvenient. However, the fact that it’s a manufactured box means there was a market for them. The novelty of this box- and charm- is in the paints. They are SO old and the labels are so lovely– a lot of Dutch boys on them. It’s also funny to look at the Rembrandts and Talons and see that the color names are translated into Dutch. Henk kept an extraordinary amount of brushes and tools in here, as you see, and seems to have been sloppy with varnish since quite a bot of newspaper has stuck to it permanently. This is an early 20th century palette. I was told by the seller (antique shop in Utrecht) that Henk lived in Utrecht, and as of 5 years prior, he was alive, in his late 90s, and living in a sort of Dutch rest home. That was 5 years ago.


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