Samuel Merrin – a celebrated person in the (ancient) art world – is a renowned authority in South American art and antiquities from many other civilizations – like ancient Rome & Greece. That’s why Mr. Merrin is frequently asked to give assessments in valuing key ancient art exhibitions for various institutions. He also has the knowledge & expertise to assess artworks for dealers, auction houses and main museums.
Independently, Samuel Merrin is the president of The Merrin Gallery Inc. and deals in museum-quality art from the ancient lands of South America, Mesoamerica, Rome, Greece and Near East. The gallery is acclaimed by international and national museums as the leading gallery for South American artworks, and is reportedly, one of the few in the world that even deals in antiquities.
History of the Gallery
Now for some history of the venture. The Merrin Gallery was established in the ’90s. Actually, it has a ‘somewhat’ deeper history than that – going back all the way to the ’60s. Where it started with the father of Sam Merrin, Edward, who was himself a renowned expert on ancient art. He established the business to capture a large part of the market, and was very successful.
While the ancient art gallery came under Samuel’s direction in the 1990s – he’s been involved with art for his entire life. As a kid, he frequented his father’s gallery and after graduating with a bachelor’s degree, Samuel Merrin worked at the medievally-renowned Cloisters Museum, and interned at ‘big names’ like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This, has, undoubtedly left an impression on the arts dealer – a very positive one.
The Merrin Pair – Market Leaders
Over the past five decades, the Merrin pair – father and son – have purchased, as well as facilitated antiquities collections for major institutions and private collectors. In the last several years, Samuel Merrin has purchased older art collections from key groups; where working with former owners – who wanted the arrangements to be maintained as confidential to protect their interests – Samuel ‘placed’ the valued antiquities quietly.
A market advantage of the Merrin Gallery, this has made Sam a distinguished dealer in the ancient art world – on occasion even rivaling big-name auction houses like Christie’s and Sotherbie’s. Where for instance, to obtain whole collections and separate artworks Samuel Merrin has sometimes outbid both auction houses. Thus, Samuel has been enjoying the position to purchase whole antiquities collections, and as a trustworthy middle-man, abide by the confidentiality needs of clients.