Clients, Museums, Collectors, Leading Pre-Columbian Art


The Merrin Gallery’s renown has grown such that a visit to its stunning Fifth Avenue space has become a must for all serious collectors and curators of antiquities. The list of clients has come to include all of the major institutions in the US and many of those abroad, as well as notable ancient art collectors throughout the world.

Two eminent collections that were greatly enriched by their purchases of Pre-Columbian masterpieces from the Merrin Gallery were the Gérard Geiger Collection and the Jean Paul Barbier Collection. When these collections were sold at public auction, the catalogues made clear that the most important objects were Merrin Gallery acquisitions.

Gallery directors Sam Merrin and Moshe Bronstein travel far and near in search of antiquities with excellent provenance. They seek individual objects and entire collections for purchase.

World-Class Ancient Art Appraisals

Due to their connoisseurship and expertise, Edward and Samuel Merrin have long been called upon to offer evaluations of ancient art.  Both have evaluated objects for a special insurance purpose called “indemnification,” in a program established by the National Endowment for the Arts that makes international art exhibitions possible.

Edward served on the government committee that oversaw evaluations for charitable donations of ancient art to public institutions.  Samuel appraises ancient objects for the International Association for Ancient, Asian, and Tribal Art.

Whether large or small, world-class or merely fascinating, an enormous range of objects passes through the Merrin Gallery.  From a masterful Egyptian statue of a striding man from the Old Kingdom, to a tiny but precious Olmec figures, the antiquities span cultures, media, and themes.  Still, Pre-Columbian art of South and Meso-America remain the foundation of the Merrin Gallery and our expertise.