It all started with a little wall cabinet. Wooden, with a glass door that slid upwards, rather than sideways. Spotted in a Paris antique shop, I thought it would be charming for holding stacks of French 18th-century paperback books, tied with string. The seller told me the hanging cabinet's origins dated to a 19th-century pharmacy.
Two months later I found the white porcelain covered pharmacy jars at an antique shop and a bell went off. Why not put them in the pharmacy cabinet, as they had originally been stored in a similar one? Slowly, but surely at brocantes and antiques fairs other glass measuring jars and mixing vials appeared in my path. All were brought home to fill the pharmacy cabinet.
Now ten pieces reside in the cabinet, with the eleventh, a 19th-century pharmacy funnel, forming part of a library table display. I never intended to collect old pharmaceutical items; it was just a happy accident!