In Season 2, Episode 2 of 'Outlander' Claire Fraser visits an apothecary shop in Paris in search of a sleep aid for her husband Jamie while they are living in France.
Outside of the shop it reads 'Maitre Raymond Apothicaire'. Once inside, Claire meets the very special character of Monsieur, or Master, Raymond who is an Herbalist:
"Maître Raymond Herboriste Rue de Varennes Paris France, Since 1743."
Featured in this post are some very charming (& affordable!) Countertop Apothecary Cabinets in warm lacquered wood and turquoise colors ~
Like your very own miniature version of Master Raymond's intriguing shoppe with its glowing wooden shelves and walls painted in a teal blue-green (...and a large crocodile hanging from the ceiling).
All chests featured below are of high-quality materials such as polished Mango Wood, stained Cedar, enameled Hand Painted Ceramic, and hand-stained or lacquer finish.
These multi-purpose cabinets are ideal as a jewelry box, cosmetic or makeup organizer, desk accessory letter holder, or a storage box for everyday household items - & even your own 'herbal remedies'.
Just click a photo to see a larger image, and to find out how to get one of these small cabinets as a great place for trinkets and a special memento of Claire's time in Paris.
Keep reading below to find out more about the French inscriptions on these Apothecary Cabinets, and to see one that even has the word (name) 'Bouton' ... ^..^
Design on the front of the chest is a royal crown and a retro vintage style postmark with the words: Trade Mark 1958 and Paris 1982. The French writing says, or should say:
"Nous venons d'un endroit magnifique, plein de lavande beau. Au printemps, nous sommes sur l'herbe, chanter, dessiner, jouer a des jeux."
This translates to: 'We come from a magnificent place, full of beautiful lavender. In the springtime, we lie on the grass, sing, draw, and play games.'
The 'incorrect' French language printed on the cabinet only serves to makes it all the more enjoyable and unique. Perfect for use as a desk organizer, decorative jewelry box, or a storage cabinet for craft supplies.
This same style chest is also available in a brown varnished wood. It also features a crown motif and a post mark New Orleans 1915. It has French script as well, but has a quote which reads:
'Si la vie humaine n'a pas de prix, nous agissons toujours comme si quelque chose dépassait, en valeur, la vie humaine...mais quoi?'
Although human life is priceless, we always act as if there is something even more valuable ...but what? — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; Vol de Nuit
The second counter size chest shown has 2 drawers top and bottom, both printed with the words 'Mercerie' (haberdashery) on one side and Bouton (button) on the other.
Those who have met 'Bouton' know that he is a very special character too, giving this cabinet additional meaning. The last chest shown is very appealing and colorful - just like Master Raymond's shop, and even his colorful Apothecary Vest.
~ Enjoy! ~