LA MAISON

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Maison Fournival Altesse has been perpetuating the craft of brush making in France for the last six generations. Ancestral expertise and the strictest criteria of excellence go into the design and creation of each brush.

1875

Maison Fournival Altesse was founded in 1875 in the Oise region, at the heart of the Thérain valley, the birthplace of French brush making.

In its early days, Maison Fournival Altesse manufactured toothbrushes fashioned from ox and horse femur bones or carved in ivory for prestigious clients. In 1920, the company began to specialise in the traditional manufacture of high-end and top-of-the-range hair brushes.

Nowadays, Maison Fournival Altesse continues to produce stunning, entirely hand-crafted pieces using 19th-century techniques.

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SETTING

THE STANDARD

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Our unique expertise and reputation for quality has led over 50 brands from around the world to entrust the manufacture of their range of hair and beard brushes to us. Tailor-made brush ranges have since become our specialty. We now make unique products for some of the greatest names in hairdressing, cosmetics and luxury goods.

OUR COMMITMENT

TO QUALITY

Our unique brush making expertise has earned official recognition from the French government, with the label "Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant" (Living heritage company) for excellence in traditional craftsmanship.

Our products are made in France, in the Oise, a region known as the historic cradle of French brush making.

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OUR EXPERTISE

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Our unique expertise covers two kinds of brush manufacture: industrial and handmade.

Whatever the manufacturing process, our ancestral expertise goes into every one of our brushes and only the highest quality materials are used.

INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING

For industrial manufacturing, the bristles are inserted mechanically so that a large quantity of brushes can be made for each series.

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Find out more about our industrial manufacturing process...

HOT-STAMPING WITH GOLD FOIL

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PAD PRINTING

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HOT-STAMPING WITH GOLD FOIL

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PACKAGING

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PACKAGING

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PACKAGING

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PACKAGING

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PLANKS OF RAW WOOD

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CUTTING THE WOOD INTO SQUARES

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PLANKS OF RAW WOOD

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THE VARIOUS STAGES OF CRAFTING A HANDLE

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DECORATING A PNEUMATIC BRUSH

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SANDING A SMOOTHING BRUSH

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THE VARIOUS STAGES OF CRAFTING A HANDLE

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POLISHING & GLOSSING A WOODEN HANDLE

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TUMBLE FINISH

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PREPARING THE HANDLES FOR LACQUERING

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POLISHING & GLOSSING A WOODEN HANDLE

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MECHANICAL INSERTION OF BRISTLES INTO PNEUMATIC HEADS

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INSERTING BRISTLES INTO ROUND HEADS

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MECHANICAL INSERTION OF BRISTLES INTO PNEUMATIC HEADS

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GLUING A PNEUMATIC HEAD

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GLUING A PNEUMATIC HEAD

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GLUING A PNEUMATIC HEAD

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100% HANDMADE MANUFACTURING

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The craft of making brushes entirely by hand is the "haute couture" of brush making: it is true art. As opposed to industrial manufacturing, the processes of drilling and bristle insertion are done by hand. You can judge the authenticity of a "handmade" brush from the counter-drilling, apparent on a transparent handle, or from the white or black dots on the backside of the handle where the drill holes have been filled in.

Maison Fournival Altesse is one of the last companies in the world to perpetuate this ancestral craft.

Find out more about our 100% handmade manufacturing...

CUTTING, SHAPING AND DECORATING WOODEN HANDLES

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SHAPING PLEXIGLAS HANDLES

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CURVING PLEXIGLAS HANDLES

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CUTTING, SHAPING AND DECORATING WOODEN HANDLES

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DRILLING THE HANDLES

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DRILLING THE HANDLES

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DRILLING THE HANDLES

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COUNTER-DRILLING THE HANDLES

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COUNTER-DRILLING THE HANDLES

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COUNTER-DRILLING THE HANDLES

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INSERTING BRISTLES BY HAND

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MANUAL BRISTLE INSERTION IN PROGRESS

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INSERTING BRISTLES BY HAND

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BRANDING THE HANDLES

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BRANDING

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BRANDING THE HANDLES

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QUALITY CONTROL
QUALITY CONTROL

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PACKAGING

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PACKAGING

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QUALITY CONTROL
QUALITY CONTROL

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FILLING IN COUNTER-DRILLING HOLES

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FILLING IN COUNTER-DRILLING HOLES

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FILLING IN COUNTER-DRILLING HOLES

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