|Roman statue of Diana, the goddess of the hunt, |
equatable to the Greek goddess Artemis.
Private collectors in these fields, as well, have been nurtured. The personal connection between dealer and client is a special one. Responding to a client's interests and passions, the dealer is called upon to find that perfect object that will become a part of the client's life. Often, this exploration occurred over a long period of time, as the collector was exposed to myriad choices and came to trust Mr. Merrin's taste and expertise.
In addition to being a dealer of renown, Edward also became an expert in the field of appraisals and indemnifications. He advised the IRS on art evaluations and provided assessments for museum indemnifications that facilitated major exhibitions.
Edward Merrin is a past president and founding member of the American Association of Dealers in Ancient, Oriental and Primitive Art. Under his leadership, the Edward H. Merrin Gallery exhibited at the prestigious Winter Antiques Show and the International Art and Antique Dealers Show.
Edward's son, Samuel took over the Merrin Gallery in 1999 and—like father like son—it continues to flourish. Samuel Merrin's passion for art came already from a young age, and has driven him to become an expert in the field of ancient art. Sought after by leading museums, auction houses, private collectors and other organizations—Samuel Merrin continues the legacy of the Merrin Gallery as one of the top galleries in the world specializing in ancient art.
The generational business helps collectors and museums see continuity in the ancient art scene between the two Merrin's, with Samuel sometimes buying back entire collections that his father Edward built throughout the '60s, '70s and '80s.