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Easel Sketch Box M23
Easel Sketch Box M23

Mabef M23 Sketch Box

The Mabef Easel Sketch Box M/23 is the compact version of a traditional french easel design.

Company name: Mabef


Pochade box name: Mabef Easels Sketch Box M/23

Type: Pochade Box

Price range: $459

Weight:  11 lbs, 5 Kg

Palette size: 12″x16″, 30cm x 41cm

Construction: Wood

Average Rating: 3.5 stars (based on 2 ratings)


The design is basically that of a traditional french easel but in a narrower format. Features include:
• a canvas holder which you can adjust to any angle between vertical and horizontal. This is well suited for painting on a stretched canvas.
• a folding palette
• a 4 compartment tin-lined sliding accessory drawer
• adjustable leather shoulder straps for backpacking

Mabef Easel Sketch Box M23
Mabef Easel Sketch Box M23


The easel is constructed of oiled, stain-resistant beech wood. The wood is certified green which is nice. These easels are typically quite robust and long lasting. With a simple construction there is not much to go wrong.

How to set it up


To compare it with other plein air easels, see my Guide to Plein Air Easels.
To compare it with other pochade boxes, see my Guide to Pochade Boxes.


Robust, but problems with palette

This is a nice robust easel that holds large panels quite steady. Its main disadvantage is the difficulty of fixing a large palette to the very narrow tray. Because of the narrow width, the setup is unstable. You basically have to clamp a palette onto the tray, an altogether messy procedure. Also the mechanism for… Read more “Robust, but problems with palette”

Barry Raybould,

The traditional half-box

The Mabef half-box easel is a practical way of carrying all that you need for painting and it comes with a straps for shoulder mounting. It allows various sizes of boards and canvas and the folding palette gives a decent amount of space for colour mixing. Storage space is a bit limited and arguably works… Read more “The traditional half-box”

David Howell

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