This is the full set of Holbein pastels, 144 colors of square profile pastels in a fitted wood box for storage. These are artist quality soft pastels in a general use color selection, not slanted toward landscape or portrait work.
Soft pastels vary in softness! These are mid-level--quite different from "hard pastels, " but not as soft as the very soft brands. Many artists prefer pastels on the mid-to-harder end for drawing and blocking in, and move to softer pastels as they work on a piece.
The thinner, square shape has both flat surfaces to apply color, and corners for finer lines without losing some of the pastel by shaping. All 144 colors are present. The selection looks very similar to the full set still on the market.
About ten pastels--mostly neutrals--are broken and worn from use, a few more are cracked in two--restorable to original shape if desired--and most are intact with little or no discernible wear. This set is not new!
It has been stored for several years and used a bit a few times. That said, the useful color range is very close to that of a new set for a fraction of the price.
Some charge a little more for the version in the wood box. Compare the listings in your favorite art supply house.
Comes with a selection of odd pastel tools such as those showing in the accessory drawer in photos, and some odd remnants of pastel papers including sanded and velour surface. It will require a carboard box and packing materials--a bit larger one if you want the paper, for a weight about 10 pounds. I do not control what the calculator says. The item "Holbein Semi-soft Pastels, Set of 144 in Wood Box" is in sale since Saturday, May 8, 2021.This item is in the category "Crafts\Art Supplies\Drawing & Lettering Supplies\Art Pastels". The seller is "salukinut" and is located in Charlottesville, Virginia. This item can be shipped to United States.