"I have trusted Escoda brushes for many years. Their ability to hold shape and their amazingly fine point makes them a perfect brush for the task. I would be lost without them."
~ Joseph Zbukvic
Joseph Zbukvic is a leading master of his time in watercolour painting and techniques. His impressive achievments and enormous success are due to his ability to transform any subject into visual poetic language. Covering an inginite variety of subjects, his sensitive, lyrical and atmospheric paintings have captured people and galleries from all around the world.
This set contains two round Escoda Aquario "Mop" brushes, size 14 and 18 and are made with squirrel hair. The brushes were developed and created following strict instructions by Zbukvic himself and are intended for use on larger pieces of work. It is a Limited Edition set due to the scarcity of squirrel hair.
Super soft squirrel that holds lots of liquid and comes to a fine point when needed. Well made and nicely finished. I particularly like the parallel ferrule with its matt finish and triple-crimping to the handle.
A note on sizing. On-line art retailers (all of them) could do much better in detailing the actual dimensions of brushes, particularly with some manufacturers like Escoda having their own wacky numbering system. FYI the No. 14 is 220mm overall, with a 11.7mm ferrule x 32mm brush head; the No. 18 is 237mm and 16 x 40mm. Rockmount (Shropshire, UK) on 11 Aug 2013
Fine brushes with great control. You'll love them if you like to work with mops. They are slightly different than Isabey mops which I am used to. With these you get more precision due to the hair which have more spring compared to Isabey.
I was informed that the size of the larger one (no. 18) is equivalent to the Isabey no. 10 but I found that it is more likely equivalent to the Isabey no. 8. Daniel Novotny (Surany, Slovakia) on 2 Aug 2012
These brushes not only hold their point, which is crucial to the painting process, but they also have the ability to lay down heavy washes by virtue of the precise manner in which these brushes are manufactured. Squirrel hair makes this possible but it's the manufacturer's (Escoda) attention to exquisite details that make this one of the finest brushes you can buy. Barry Gellert (Cape Coral, USA) on 5 Nov 2012