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Member of Syndicat National des Antiquaires
Member of Chambre Européenne des Experts d’Art
Member of Syndicat Français des Experts Professionnels
en Œuvres d’Art et Objets de Collection

Anthony JP Meyer with Uno
Anthony JP Meyer with Uno
photo © Anne Deknock, 2009
Manuel Benguigui, Gallery Manager
Manuel Benguigui, Gallery Manager

Galerie Meyer - Oceanic Art celebrates 35 years of fine antiques and Tribal Art in 2015/2016. The original gallery was opened by my father, Oscar Meyer, on rue du Sabot just a few streets away on the other side of Saint Germain-des-Prés in 1946/1947. Later in the early 1950's he moved to the United States, met and married my mother, Rita Alix Meyer. They settled in Los Angeles and opened up a very large gallery at 847 North La Cienega Bd. They closed in 1971 and moved to Paris where they took an early retirement from the active world of dealing in art and devoted themselves to collecting. After my father's death in 1979, Rita Alix Meyer opened a small shop in the Louvre des Antiquaires. I joined her there in late 1980 and became a dealer. Over the next five years I discovered that while I enjoyed all forms and periods of art there was one area, which I found to be compelling, and so I delved into Tribal Art and more specifically Oceanic Art. We opened the present gallery in 1985/1986 at 17 Rue des Beaux Arts. The building, which has its main entrance around the corner on Rue Bonaparte, was home from 1910 through 1927 to one of the main "discoverers" of Tribal Art, the artist André Derain. His friend and colleague André Dunoyer de Segonzac lived and painted here as well with his studio just opposite that of Derain; and Picasso, Apollinaire and Marie Laurencin as well as many exalted others were regular visitors. The art dealer Pierre Loeb founded his first gallery in the same building on rue Bonaparte. In 1986 I finally decided to devote myself to Oceanic Art and since then I have dealt exclusively in the fine and early art works of the Pacific cultures : Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia and Australia. Rita Alix Meyer retired in 1996, and I have run the business on my own since then - very ably assisted by Manuel Benguigui who manages the daily life of the gallery since joining the staff in 2002. In 2010 I added a new department to the gallery specializing in early Eskimo art, an area of collecting that I was privately involved in for already two decades. I am an internationally recognized expert and an exhibitor in many of the world's greatest art fairs notably TEFAF in Maastricht, Frieze Masters in London, and Parcours des Mondes in Paris. I'm honored to count many of the world's museums, institutions and private collectors as my clients and I give thanks for their continuous patronage and custom. Please enjoy the website and feel free to come by and browse through the stock in the gallery next time you are in Paris...

Anthony JP Meyer