Santo Micali, Galerie Mermoz’s founder, has been a member of the Syndicat National des Antiquairesand of the CompagnieNationale des Experts since 1975. He has also been an Expert at the Court of Appeal in Paris since 1989.
His extensive knowledge of the pre-Columbian world and its civilizations, based on 40 years of experience, makes Galerie Mermoz an international reference, recognized by leading museums and significant collectors as being among the top few galleries in this specialized area.
For almost half a century, the Gallery has been gathering both historical and scientific material, and has compiled a database of all the pre-Columbian objects sold in auction houses. It has thus set up a specialized bibliography, unique in this field of Art.
In order to ensure the authenticity of the objects and date them with the highest precision, we subject each piece to in-depth lab analysis such as thermoluminescence, microanalysis and scanner.
As an authority on pre-Columbian Art, Santo Micali has been instrumental in creating major public as well as private collections in Europe, the United States and Asia. He regularly authenticates and gives appraisals for some of the largest auction houses, dealers and international institutions.
We work as expert and consultant with private individuals, professionals, judicial organs and insurance companies, in France and abroad.
We also keep a close eye on the Art market evolution in order to advise and assist collectors in purchasing pre-Columbian objects in auction houses.
We are at your disposal to authenticate and value any kind of pre-Columbian works, and point you towardseither the purchase, the deposit-sale or the public auction, with absolute discretion and in complete confidentiality.