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Aldrichimica Acta 2017, Vol. 50, No. 1

Alte Apotheke im Museum der Firma Merck.

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Alte Apotheke im Museum der Firma Merck (watercolor and ink, 38.5 × 49.5 cm) was painted by an unknown artist in Darmstadt, Germany. It depicts original components of the Merck family's Engel-Apotheke (Engel Pharmacy), such as the pharmacy table within a niche of the company museum. Beneath a cross-ridge vault, the pharmacy is set up as was typical for the early 1800s, stocked with various vessels and grinding implements. A stuffed alligator, an Egyptian symbol against illness, hangs from the ceiling. The scene transports the viewer back in time to an era when apothecarists combined raw animal, plant, and mineral substances to create drugs. After Friedrich Jacob Merck’s acquisition of the Engel Pharmacy in 1668, generations of pharmacists strove to refine the pharmaceutical craft into an independent academic discipline. Emmanuel Merck (1794–1855) is generally credited with setting the foundation for his family’s pharmacy to grow into a chemical company in the first half of the 19th century. Emmanuel Merck's early research on alkaloids led him to connect with others and seek out pure products rather than raw materials.

This painting is part of the collection housed at the company museum located at our Darmstadt, Germany, headquarters, where the Engel Pharmacy work tables are still on display.

Detail of Alte Apotheke im Museum der Firma Merck.
Photo courtesy of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

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