The Merrin Gallery

The Merrin Gallery The Merrin Gallery presents fine art from the ancient world. The Merrin Gallery offers exceptional antiquities that represent more than 7,000 years of history.

Highly esteemed as the top gallery for pre-Columbian art, the Merrin Gallery specializes in the finest art from the cultures of:

- ancient Greece,
- ancient Rome,
- the Near East,
- ancient Egypt,
- Meso-America,
- South America.

Operating as usual

This past summer the tomb of a Classic Maya ruler was excavated in northwestern Guatemala. Dated at 300-350 AD it is the...
09/18/2017
Tomb of early classic Maya ruler found in Guatemala

This past summer the tomb of a Classic Maya ruler was excavated in northwestern Guatemala. Dated at 300-350 AD it is the oldest known royal tomb in the region.

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com.tr/2017/09/tomb-of-early-classic-maya-ruler-found.html#r4U4ycakmxW36riz.97

The tomb of a Maya ruler excavated this summer at the Classic Maya city of Waka’ in northern Guatemala is the oldest royal tomb yet to be discovered at the site, the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Guatemala has announced.

Just a week ago archaeologists investigated the discovery of a 600-year old Buddha statue. The statue stands within a re...
01/19/2017
600-Year-Old Submerged Buddha Statue Discovered In China

Just a week ago archaeologists investigated the discovery of a 600-year old Buddha statue. The statue stands within a reservoir that was constructed in 1958, and it is believed that the water that covered it protected the carving from elements that would have worn it away. A recent construction project is responsible for the decrease in water level and the ultimate rediscovery of this remarkable piece of history.

In addition to the 12-foot long statue the team discovered evidence of a temple that once stood beneath it.



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/600-year-old-buddha-statue-discovered-in-china-as-reservoir-water-level-drops_us_587da65ee4b0d4cc08846755

Locals spotted the head of the 12-foot statue poking out of the lake.

01/10/2017

We are pleased to announce that we will once again be participating in the highly anticipated TEFAF Maastricht show this spring. Join us in Booth 430 from March 10-19, 2017.

The Merrin Gallery is proud to announce our Fall 2016 Exhibition: Ancient Faces.Throughout history artists have sculpted...
10/19/2016

The Merrin Gallery is proud to announce our Fall 2016 Exhibition: Ancient Faces.

Throughout history artists have sculpted, carved, and painted the human face as a means of honoring the portrayed person, and to rise to the challenge of capturing the human soul. It is no wonder that many cultures have devised their own unique styles to imbue the eternal media of ceramic, metal, and stone with human life and expression. These objects have been chosen not only for their beauty, but for the power and strength they impress upon the viewer. As usual, The Merrin Gallery will be exhibiting museum quality objects. The show includes carefully selected sculptures from across the ancient world.

Ancient Sumeria
Ancient Etruria
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Ancient Mesoamerica
Ancient South America

Special Invite Preview Thursday Oct 20 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Open to the Public.

It is easy to forget, with the marvelous antiquities of history from countries and cultures all over the world, that the...
07/05/2016
Teams Excavating Toilets Flush Out Thousands Of 18th Century Artifacts

It is easy to forget, with the marvelous antiquities of history from countries and cultures all over the world, that there are marvels in North America as well. Over the past two years a plethora of artifacts from colonial times have been discovered and donated by archaeologists to the soon opening Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/philadelphia-excavation-finds-artifacts_us_5777d0d3e4b0416464103834?section=

The remarkable collection spans nearly 300 years of people at the site near Independence Hall.

Luis Morales' photography exhibit, "The End of Space", currently on until mid-January, 5th Avenue
11/19/2013

Luis Morales' photography exhibit, "The End of Space", currently on until mid-January, 5th Avenue

“Moche is the hand, and Nazca is the eye.” Our artworks featured as part of the Katonah Museum of Art exhibition showcas...
10/31/2013
Moche Fragment

“Moche is the hand, and Nazca is the eye.”

Our artworks featured as part of the Katonah Museum of Art exhibition showcasing 3,000 years of portraits

“Moche es la mano, Nazca es el ojo.” Those were the words that came to my mind when I opened my email and saw the image of Portrait Head of Cut Lip with Large Facial Stripes. But to my surprise none of those words came to me in English, neither as a feeling nor as a thought. The meaning only came to...

"The Merrin Gallery will show a Jaina figure of a seated male dignitary from Maya, 600-900 AD as well as other Roman and...
06/29/2013
19 US Exhibitors at Masterpiece London

"The Merrin Gallery will show a Jaina figure of a seated male dignitary from Maya, 600-900 AD as well as other Roman and Greek pieces, many of which are dated BC."

The fourth edition of Masterpiece London is set to captivate collectors, museum curators, and visitors alike with its impressive offering of the world’s best and meticulously vetted art, ...

“I would say they are top 100 objects” in relation to the museum’s overall collection, said David Franklin, director of ...
08/23/2012
Cleveland Museum of Art buys important ancient Roman and Mayan antiquities

“I would say they are top 100 objects” in relation to the museum’s overall collection, said David Franklin, director of the Cleveland Museum of Art, when speaking about the Maya vase, which was acquired from the Merrin Gallery, and a Roman portrait. “They’re both very notable in terms of rarity and quality.”

The museum says both pieces are superb in physical condition and of excellent quality. They were also bought in accordance with guidelines aimed at halting the looting of antiquities.

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07/27/2012

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Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt's gorgeous photograph "New York, 1955"

Browse more of Elliott Erwitt's photography: http://artnt.cm/LJ54Ox

Happy 4th of July!On display at Masterpiece London, a tablet written in cuneiform — one of the earliest scripts.The tabl...
07/04/2012

Happy 4th of July!

On display at Masterpiece London, a tablet written in cuneiform — one of the earliest scripts.

The tablet was carved in Mesopotamia well-before the existence of the United States — circa 2350 BC — in the 'cradle of civilization'.

Last day of Masterpiece London.Our selection includes this Egyptian crouching Ibis figure.Created from alabaster, bronze...
07/04/2012

Last day of Masterpiece London.

Our selection includes this Egyptian crouching Ibis figure.

Created from alabaster, bronze, wood, stucco and glass. Dated 665–535 BC (Late Period).

Isle for our booth (B22) at Masterpiece London
07/02/2012

Isle for our booth (B22) at Masterpiece London

Tim Jeffries on the gallery's Illyrian helmet: "It gives us a chance to see things we don’t know about. It’s something o...
06/29/2012
Top Gallerists Debate What Makes a Masterpiece

Tim Jeffries on the gallery's Illyrian helmet: "It gives us a chance to see things we don’t know about. It’s something of exceptional beauty. It’s original, unrestored, with an extraordinary patina."

Philip Mould and top gallerists discuss what makes a masterpiece at Masterpiece London art fair.

"The Masterpiece London fair has gained an excellent international reputation," — exhibitor Sam Merrin, owner of the Mer...
06/27/2012
Samuel Merrin - Google+ - We have not participated in the Winter Armory Show in New…

"The Masterpiece London fair has gained an excellent international reputation," — exhibitor Sam Merrin, owner of the Merrin Gallery.

The fair opens tomorrow. Read more about our decision to take part:

We have not participated in the Winter Armory Show in New York for many years because we found that most of the major collectors and museums would make…

"Cast from a range of exotic materials by peoples of the Americas, pre-Columbian artworks are an up-and-coming sight amo...
06/22/2012
bigsight | Merrin Gallery

"Cast from a range of exotic materials by peoples of the Americas, pre-Columbian artworks are an up-and-coming sight among many of today's art collections, while already well-established in many others."

Dealing museum-quality works of art, the Merrin Gallery has been celebrated in the world of collectors and museums as the top gallery for pre-Columbian art.

An extremely rare, over life-size imperial portrait of Octavia Minor that we are pleased to present at the Masterpiece L...
06/20/2012

An extremely rare, over life-size imperial portrait of Octavia Minor that we are pleased to present at the Masterpiece London fair in a week's time.

Emperor Augustus' sister and Mark Anthony's wife:
06/16/2012
Octavia Thurina Minor (also known as Octavia the Younger)

Emperor Augustus' sister and Mark Anthony's wife:

A bust of Octavia Minor, a prominent Roman woman, she was Emperor Augustus' only sister, and briefly married to Mark Anthony. Material: Greek Pentelic marble Height: 18.1 inches (46 cm) Hailing from the town of Velletri, there are only four verified portraits of Octavia.

A miniature ancient Egyptian bakery and brewery at the Met:
06/16/2012

A miniature ancient Egyptian bakery and brewery at the Met:

In his audio tour of the Museum, Director Thomas P. Campbell invites us to delve into the details of the collections, including this ancient Egyptian model bakery and brewery. “Note the hands of the men working the dough,” he says, “they are painted white since they are dusted with flour.” http://met.org/I21IGM Use our website’s fullscreen feature to zoom in on these details. http://met.org/MBOm44

Middle Kingdom | Model Bakery and Brewery from the Tomb of Meketre| ca. 1981–1975 B.C

06/15/2012
12 American galleries at Masterpiece London

The Merrin Gallery will be exhibiting at Masterpiece London at the end of the month — June 28 until July 4.

View some of our finest works at stand B22.

Many artists on the other hand will be exhibiting their work at this fair for the first time: The Merrin Gallery, Fred Leighton, Siegelson, and Sperone Westwater – who will be sharing a stand with Alberto di Castro, an Italian gallery owner. The fair will accomadate up to 160 exhibitors.

Decorative horse-trapping from the Sarmatian — a nomadic steppe culture that extended from Scythia to the Caucasus
05/30/2012

Decorative horse-trapping from the Sarmatian — a nomadic steppe culture that extended from Scythia to the Caucasus

05/30/2012
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Heart scarab from Egyptian sarcophagus
05/21/2012
Heart scarab from Egyptian sarcophagus

Heart scarab from Egyptian sarcophagus

Heart scarab found in Neskhons' sarcophagus. On the back, it was inscribed to Akhbitet, a relative of his. The two winged-falcons found along-side Neskhons' mummy signify the Ba-bird.

05/21/2012
Neskhons' Heart Scarab & Ba-Bird

Ancient Egyptian nobleman was buried along with a ba-bird and scarab beetle:

Part of a large, ancient Egyptian sarcophagus acquired and sold by the Merrin Gallery, Neskhons' mummy was accompanied by the traditional amulet and falcon pendants. While dwarfed by the size of the sarcophagus and the elaborate decoration, these items hold great significance.

Among the many beautiful ancient Egyptian works of art at the Met:
04/25/2012

Among the many beautiful ancient Egyptian works of art at the Met:

Maatkare Hatshepsut was arguably the most important woman ever to occupy the throne of Egypt. Featured Artwork of the Day: http://met.org/I8arvH

New Kingdom | Granite, paint | Kneeling statue of Hatshepsut | ca. 1473–1458 B.C.

Quoting gallery-owner Sam Merrin, "The mediocre to poor material isn't selling, but a truly great object like a first-ra...
04/25/2012
Workface | Samuel Merrin

Quoting gallery-owner Sam Merrin, "The mediocre to poor material isn't selling, but a truly great object like a first-rate classical or Egyptian figure can name its own price."

"Antiquities are one of the few markets that are doing well", Samuel Merrin told the Wall Street Journal in 1992. He was responding to a series of heated auctions at Christie's and Sotheby's in which ancient pieces of art seemed to fly off the auction block.

Two (from four) rare portraits of Octavia are in private hands:
04/20/2012
Octavia Minor: The beloved and only sister of Emperor Augustus

Two (from four) rare portraits of Octavia are in private hands:

Octavia Thurina Minor was one of the very first of Roman women to have coins minted in her image. Nonetheless, it appears that only four of her portraits are known. One is in Rome (titled Octavia f...

We were nimble enough and had enough resources to move quickly to purchase Neshkons' sarcophagus at auction. We were rea...
11/28/2011
The Great Merrin Sarcophagus

We were nimble enough and had enough resources to move quickly to purchase Neshkons' sarcophagus at auction. We were ready to pay 3–4 times the amount we paid. We were lucky and had enough conviction to buy this treasure.

Art experts like Samuel Merrin consider this ancient Egyptian sarcophagus to be among the last great ones in private hands. The front lid of Neshkons' sarcophagus is truly a marvel of ancient Egyptian art...

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General information

There is scarcely a major museum in the United States that has not acquired works at the Merrin Gallery. Notable clients of the Merrin Gallery include the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the British Museum in London, and the Louvre in Paris — among countless private ancient art collectors. Owned by Samuel Merrin and Moshe Bronstein, the Merrin Gallery is a second-generation ancient art business founded by Sam's father, Edward Merrin, in the 1960s. Today, Sam continues his father's legacy and has sold many well-known ancient art collections to private collectors and museums alike. An expert in ancient and pre-Columbian art, Samuel Merrin is often asked to authenticate works for auction houses, dealers, and leading museums.

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Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm

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(212) 757-2884

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