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This painting by Adriaen van Ostade shows a mahlstick in use in the artist's studio
Georg Friedrich Kersting's studio portrait of Caspar David Friedrich, Caspar David Friedrich in his Studio (1819), shows the painter holding a maulstick.

A mahlstick, or maulstick, is a stick with a soft leather or padded head used by painters to support the hand holding the paintbrush. The word derives from the German and Dutch Malstock or maalstok 'painter's stick', from malen 'to paint'.

In 16th- through 19th-century paintings of artists, including self-portraits, the maulstick is often depicted as part of the painter's equipment.


  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Maulstick" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 17 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 904.