Since 1779, seven generations succeed one another
in Saint-Brieuc to handcraft
high quality brushes :
LEONARD brushes


Specialists in fine arts brushes since 1840

The most important part of a fine brush is the hair. Looking at a hair, one can observe the “root”
and the pointed tip called the “flag”.
It is the flag that makes the fineness of a brush, so it must be kept intact and never cut.

Before beginning the manufacturing of brushes, every hair within a bundle must have its flag at the same level.

We then use vibrating machines : the hair is placed in metal rings above which wooden plates operate up and down with rapid but minimum oscillation.
To ensure the hairs are slippery, we dust plaster powder over the bundles.

Then the hair is put firstly into a flat and thick bottomed cylindrical brass mould that we tap on a marble slab to make “the hair go down” on the flag.

This hair is now ready to manufacture the square ended brushes.
For domed or pointed brushes, we use a second specific mould.
Once the hair is down on the bottom of the mould, we tie up the lock with a linen thread.

To make the lock very pointed, it is rolled between the fingers, which is a difficult and long-to-learn operation.

The fineness of the flag varies according to the type of hair. The finer it is, the more expensive the hair.
The other important characteristics of the hair are its springiness, its ability to become straight again after having been bent, and its capacity of retaining the liquids.

We also use many kinds of synthetic fibres, looking more and more like natural hair. The brushes are made the same way.


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1779 Founding in Paris of Cherion & Samuel, one of the very first brush production workshops in the West

1840 Taken over by Gabrielle Bullier, known as «Widow Bullier» but really a divorcée wishing to maintain her bourgeois status

1852 Succeeded by her son, Jean-Pierre Gabriel Bullier, a watchmaker by training and working at the company over the preceding 4 years

1855 First award at the Universal Exhibition (the quality of Bullier brushes is once again recognized at the Universal Exhibitions of 1878, 1889 and 1900)

1866 Jean-Pierre Gabriel transfers production to Saint-Brieuc having purchased a factory in Morlaix (the year the train line was extended to Saint-Brieuc)

1870 On his death, his son Charles-Léon takes up the reins of the manufacturing

1909 Production is transferred to the current premises in Boulevard Laënnec

1919 Pierre, Louis and Alfred succeed their father on his death

1926 Creation of the «Leonardo Da Vinci» brand

1939 Arrival of Marcel, son of Pierre and 5th generation of the family

1950 Marcel assumes management of the company

1966 Arrival of Michel, son of Marcel, who shuts the Paris warehouse and ceases production of decorator’s paint brushes

1967 Launch of the cosmetics business

1969 Registration of the «Leonard» tradename

1979 Michel and Henri, the younger brother, assume management of the company

1995 Stéphanie, daughter of Michel and 7th generation of the family, joins the company

2005 Michel retires, Stéphanie becomes CEO and her uncle, Henri, becomes Chairman

2011 Awarded the EPV label for companies maintaining France’s industrial heritage Office opened in China

2012 Company bought out by Stéphanie and Henri retires



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