Lyon & Turnbull

Edinburgh auction house Lyon & Turnbull has been operating since 1826 in Scotland. The company specialises in fine art, jewellery and antiques.

They hold about 30 auctions a year including dedicated sales such as Scottish paintings, European and British paintings, furniture, silver, books and furniture.

In 2000 the business formed a marketing alliance with US auctioneers Freeman's of Philadelphia.


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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a vintage petrol pump, George II candlesticks and a model of HMS Victory

12 August 2019

With estimates from £300-6000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Scottish swords in battle and play

12 August 2019

A Battle of Culloden period Clan MacTavish silver inlaid basket-hilted back sword sold for £4800, just below top estimate, at the Antony Cribb (22% buyer’s premium) auction on July 30.

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Elizabethan intrigues, invasion and execution

22 July 2019

Beneath the famous anchor and dolphin device that denotes a product of the Aldine presses in Venice, the final leaf of a 1516 edition of Ovid’s Metamorphoses below bears an inscription that reveals the reason this little work in its later vellum binding sold at £6000.

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ATG letter: Scroll ‘probably Iraqi not Persian’

01 July 2019

MADAM – The niello designs on the ‘Persian’ Esther scroll sold at Lyon & Turnbull (ATG No 2398) indicate that in my opinion this is likely to be Iraqi work rather than Persian.

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Esther Scroll with £25,000 golden touch

24 June 2019

Topping by some way an offering of 300 pieces of jewellery at Lyon & Turnbull’s (25% buyer’s premium) Edinburgh sale was a Persian gold and niello decorated Esther Scroll holder.

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Capital gains: The wider choice available in the London auction scene

19 June 2019

As the battle for the ‘middle market’ heats up, the London auction scene today offers visitors a wider choice of items to buy and more places to bid for them.

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Three of the first British female artists on show at Lyon & Turnbull's London exhibition

08 June 2019

Lyon & Turnbull is hosting an exhibition spotlighting the work of three of the first British female artists this summer.

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Lyon & Turnbull offer illustrations commissioned by missionary in Shanghai

06 May 2019

James Ware (1859-1913), a merchant navy captain, turned to missionary work following his arrival in Shanghai.

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Glasgow Girl in Edinburgh sale

29 April 2019

An early illustration by the ‘Glasgow Girl’ Jessie Marion King (1875-1949) emerged as one of the high points of a Decorative Arts: Design from 1860 sale at Edinburgh saleroom Lyon & Turnbull (25/20% buyer’s premium) on April 3.

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Great names of design from Ashbee to Dresser draw interest at Edinburgh sale

19 April 2019

Something of a roll call for the great and good across the British 19th-20th century arts scene, Lyon & Turnbull’s (25% buyer’s premium) Decorative Arts: Design Since 1860 sale included such names as George Washington Jack, Sir Alfred Gilbert, Christopher Dresser, William de Morgan and Robert Bartlett.

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Brooches: major players in 2019

19 April 2019

Seemingly, whatever fashion website or Instagram influencer you choose, the brooch is this season’s ‘on-trend’ accessory. One might argue that in the trade, demand for good period examples of this ‘forgotten’ or ‘old fashioned’ item of jewellery has never really gone away.

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Scottish firm's new sale in London receives encouragement from bidders

15 April 2019

Lyon & Turnbull’s (25% buyer’s premium) inaugural Modern Made auction at the Mall Galleries in London received plenty of encouraging noises from the dealing and collecting community as it posted a total of £1m (including premium).

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Lyon & Turnbull’s new sale shows plenty of growth potential

15 April 2019

The financial highlight at Lyon & Turnbull’s (25% buyer’s premium) inaugural Modern Made auction at the Mall Galleries in London was provided by an auction record for Malaysian Modernist painter and poet Abdul Latiff Mohidin (b.1938).

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Malaysian Modernist shines at inaugural Lyon & Turnbull Modern Made auction

01 April 2019

The inaugural Modern Made auction held by Lyon & Turnbull at the Mall Galleries in London last week recorded a hammer total of £800,000 (close to £1m including premium).

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Fred Yates painting, an engraved pin head and a drawing by Japanese artist Hokusai

01 April 2019

With estimates from £300-£15,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Drinking the profits – a brief history of wine antiques

25 March 2019

Pouring wine at the table from a standardised machine-made bottle is a relatively new custom. For centuries before the Victorian era, wine was typically bought and stored in the barrel and decanted into bottles or jugs only before use at the table.

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Affordable art: Three works priced under £2000 in regional auctions including a mixed media and collage on card by John Maxwell

25 March 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales under £2000, including a work by Scottish painter John Maxwell.

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Six lots to watch at auction this week including a dolls house, 200 halfcrowns and a Gallé vase

18 March 2019

With estimates from £400-8000, here are six previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Buyers go to great lengths to acquire portraits with a personal connection to the sitter

18 March 2019

Some areas of the secondary pictures market march to their own beat, appearing to defy the usual forces that determine value. Ancestral paintings are such a category.

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