Utrecht Wooden Pochade Thumb Box

MP Code #MP-51761-001   Item #51761-1001

This elegant Jullian made Plein Air lightweight box weighs just over 2 lbs.

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7 1/4" x 9 1/4"
7 1/4" x 9 1/4" Backordered (Available 1/13/2017)
  • $99.42
  • List: $162.99
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Elegant Lightweight Plein Air Paint Box Made Exclusively for Utrecht By Jullian of Paris. This elegant lightweight box weighs only 2 lbs 6oz. making it ideal for Plein Air painting. Crafted of solid wood with a light cherry finish, it features brass hardware and an adjustable shoulder strap. The interior of the box has a hinged canvas panel top, a slide out wooden palette and 3 storage compartments. Dimensions: 7 1/4" x 9 1/4" x 2 1/2".

Size: 7 1/4" x 9 1/4"

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  • Great pochade box

    Reviewed on 5/24/2016

    As reviewed by Robert B.

    Experience: NOVICE

    Utrecht has you indicate your level of experience before writing a review --- student, novice, or professional. I've been painting for decades but, in the field, I often feel like a novice. But whatever. The right equipment is, obviously, extremely important. I find this pochade box to be very well made and durable. The dimensions are right. Others might find it a bit small, but the entire point is that it be easy to bring along on a walk about. I never feel as though I am lugging my equipment along. It is easy to slip into a bag with a sketch book of the same size. Plein air painting is all about sticking to the essentials. Keep your work simple and direct, and invest in the right equipment. This pochade box will become a piece of equipment you rely on for years to come. [...]

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  • Works great.

    Reviewed on 5/24/2016

    As reviewed by Joelle J.

    Experience: PROFESSIONAL

    I am giving this box a five star, because of the discount I purchased mine, but if I was to pay full price, or even half price, I would have returned it and been disappointed. So wait for it to go on huge sale. Even at half price, I would give this box a 3.5 star. It is true that the sliding hinge does not hold the easel (lid) in place, and that hardware might not be top of the line, the wood is somewhat soft (it scoffs easily) but thick and sturdy and a beautiful looking box. I rectified it's lack, with adding my own hardware, easily done, also added a safety chain to keep lid in correct position, I will later be adding a better washer, none slip or/and rubber washer to the sliding hinge or replacing it. Because I have arthritis also, I added a t-nut (I think that is the name of it) to the bottom so it attaches to any camera tripod, I knew I was going to do these changes when I purchased it as I had made a box for water color and was familiar with what I needed, and the price couldn't be beat. I also removed the divider to the right of the thumb hole to meet my needs . Many people use the box just as it is, and love the light weight, and thumb hole type palette and size. And many also fix the side sliding lid hinge. I've had mine for 4+ years and it meets my needs, depending on what type of panels you use, it will carry 2-4 panels (dry) or one to two wet (stored back to back), and if you wanted to modify the top you could most likely fix it to carry one more wet, but not 100% sure. I use mine for oil paint. It would easily fit a block of watercolor paper and use the slide out pallet as a side table, drill some holes in it for brushes or hooks. This box is easy to customize with out the high price.

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  • Great Little Box

    Reviewed on 12/29/2015

    As reviewed by Barbara

    Experience: PROFESSIONAL

    Even though I've been painting for 30 years, I'm fairly new to plein air painting. I have a larger set up that all goes into a fairly large backpack, but this little box is really good for throwing into a tote bag in the car for a trip to the beach, mountains, picnic, etc. One reviewer reported the hardware on the box as being "cheap". Even though the hardware is not heavy duty, I found it sufficient for the small box in which the structure all seemed geared towards light weight and efficiency. Due to arthritis in my hands, the thumb hold soon got uncomfortable, but I fixed that by wrapping cloth or folded paper towel around the part of the thumb that comes in contact with the box. It would be better if the small turn-screw knob that tightens the lid in an upright position would tighten up more, but so far that hasn't bothered me because I tend to hold the box on a backward slant and I haven't had any trouble keeping the lid in an upright position. I have yet to use the box in really windy conditions, which may make it harder to keep the top open. I thought about this purchase a long time before deciding to buy because of the price. When it went on sale I decided to go for it, and even though the sale price is still a bit high, I'm glad I made the purchase.

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