Filbert is an oval shaped brush which combines the control of the short flat with the softer edges of the round.
The Winsor & Newton 'Monarch' brush is a professional, synthetic hair brush that has been produced to mimic the look and feel of natural Mongoose hair (now an endangered species).
The polyester filaments in Monarch, just like Mongoose hair, provide a stiffer alternative to sable hair but are softer than hog bristle. This brush is excellent for subtle blending, glazing and fine detail work. Another advantage of the Monarch being synthetic is it is more durable than natural hair and has more spring making it better for moving heavy bodied oil colour as well as being less prone to damage from solvents or paint.
Monarch is suitable for oil colour, water mixable oil colour or acrylic colour painting.
It has a distinct appearance with hair that is variegated in shades of ivory, gold, brown and each brush has a gold ferrule attached to a long dark brown lacquered handle.