GIRAULT pastels, created in 1780, is the oldest dry pastel producer using traditional hand-made methods still in operation today.
The passing down of traditional skills through the centuries and the ever-present respect of the fabrication process of the 526 original shades makes GIRAULT pastels a timeless product.
This technical continuity enables GIRAULT to present its clients with the results of this rich experience.
Today the company is labelled ‘Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant’, a symbol of French skills and excellence.
Such qualities are rarely found united in one single product.
More than two centuries of knowledge passed down
The fabrication process
Until the 1940’s GIRAULT supplied many Fine Arts producers and major distributors.
Until 1987 GIRAULT pastels were sold in the shop inside the workshops and also distributed by Le Franc-Bourgeois under the name of PASTELS GIRAULT. They were then sold under the trade name of
QUENTIN DE LA TOUR until 1995.
The pastel fabrication technique, dating from the 16th century, combines extreme precision with a certain slowness of execution.
The pastel is composed of whites and pigments traditionally used in the fabrication of fine arts products.
The pigments used in the fabrication of the pastels contain no heavy metals.
The association of pigments creates the colour, the association of whites and pigments creates the pastel.
The relative hardness of the products is studied and calculated so as to be constant throughout the whole range.