Article ID: CBB000933411

Antoine Brulon, un riche apothicaire privilégié à Paris au XVIIe siècle, et Anne de Furnes, sa femme. Leur illustre locataire place du Palais-Royal: Molière (2009)


In the seventeenth century, Antoine Brulon, originally from the Auvergne, had a particularly prosperous career. He acquired a privilege as apothecary and was syndic for the Society of royal and princely apothecaries. He spent his whole life in the Rue Saint-Honoré where he practised pharmacy in his status of privileged apothecary. In 1651 he bought a house close to the Quinze-Vingts hospital, and the following year he married Anne de Furnes, the daughter of a lawyer. In 1658 he bought three old houses on the Rue Saint-Thomas-du-Louvre, soon selling two of them to Louis-Henry Daquin, doctor in ordinary to the king. They both built new houses. Daquin let two apartments in succession to Molière between the years 1661 and 1665. In January 1666, Molière became the tenant of the house built by Antoine Brulon and owned by his widow, Anne de Furnes. This building was occupied successively by three royal apothecaries who rented the shop and its outbuildings: Philbert Boudin, apothecary in ordinary to the Queen, Jean Morel, apothecary to the King's camp and armies, and finally Pierre Frapin, apothecary to the Grande Ecurie, and supplier of medicine to Molière, as we have previously shown. The two latter apothecaries thus lived in turn in the same building as Molière between January 1666 and July 1672. Antoine Brulon died 5th March 1665. The inventory of his goods indicates not only the rich décor of his apartment, but also a sum of 75,780 livres in cash, representing 96% of his total fortune. This was remarkable wealth for a Paris apothecary of the time.

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Authors & Contributors
Labrude, Pierre
Bond, Gregory T.
Moore, Pete
Knoll Schütze, Sabine
Taussig, Sylvie
Lieburg, Mart J. van
Atti e Memorie, Rivista di Storia della Farmacia
Pharmacy in History
Revue d'Histoire de la Pharmacie
Histoire des Sciences Médicales
Sudhoffs Archiv: Zeitschrift fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Peter Lang
Erasmus Publishing
University of Michigan Press
University of Chicago Press
Medicine and society
Brown, James E.
Denis, Jean-Baptiste
Hoffmann, Frederick
Gassendi, Pierre
Mulder, Gerrit Jan
Louis XIV, King of France
Paris (France)
United States
Republic of Liberia
17th century
19th century
18th century
16th century
20th century, early
21st century
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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