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 places to find art and antiques in Scotland next week including a pair of gold pencils and a fairground scene by a British violinist-turned-painter

30 November 2018

Over the next week, dive into the Scottish art and antiques scene first-hand, or go online to snap up treasures such as a Highland light infantry shako.

Belt buckle

Five items to watch at auctions this week including a René Lalique belt buckle featured on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow

12 November 2018

From a René Lalique belt buckle featured on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow in April to a vase celebrating George III’s recovery from illness, here are five highlights from upcoming sales this week.

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Auction house Lyon & Turnbull launches whisky department to tap into growing sector

07 November 2018

Lyon & Turnbull is to launch regular, dedicated whisky sales at its Edinburgh saleroom as the sector reaches an “all-time high”.

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh tearoom chairs sit comfortably at a combined £150,000

05 November 2018

Two Charles Rennie Mackintosh chairs made for Glasgow’s Argyle Street Tea Rooms starred at Lyon & Turnbull’s Decorative Arts sale in Edinburgh last week.

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Kirkton House provides 182 works in Edinburgh auction

05 November 2018

Pictures formed a prominent part of Lyon & Turnbull’s (25/20% buyer’s premium) Kirkton House sale earlier this month as the contents of the Regency manse near Montrose were dispersed from the auction house’s Edinburgh saleroom.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week (October 29-November 4, 2018) including a rare silver chocolate stirrer

29 October 2018

From the first book ever written in the Antarctic to a silver chocolate stirrer, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Sphinx stands out in Edinburgh

29 October 2018

Formerly in the collections of a distinguished English bibliophile, Major John Roland Abbey, a copy of Luigi Mayer’s well-known set of Views in Egypt, Palestine and the Ottoman Empire was one of the highlights of a recent Scottish sale.

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Five unusual militaria lots coming up at auction

25 October 2018

Focus on five militaria items ranging from a ship's bell marking a pioneering aircraft launch to a grasshopper brooch left as a memento for loved ones.

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Chairs sit pretty in salerooms among furniture auction selections

22 October 2018

At a time when catering for niche interests is a profitable path for auctioneers, recent sales in Scotland, Ireland and England have shown that the furniture market can still come to life – provided it meets three criteria.

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Bid barometer

20 October 2018

ATG’s selection of auction lots bought by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com from the period October 4-11, 2018. This includes both the highest prices over estimate and the top prices paid online.

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Five top picture lots from Lyon & Turnbull’s Kirkton House auction

18 October 2018

Lyon & Turnbull’s Kirkton House sale offered some notable lots across different categories, not least a prize collection of Pilkington's Lancastrian lustre and a series of valuable bronze sculptures. But the 182 pictures in the consignment also formed a key part of the auction.

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Pick of the week: Pilkington’s pride of place

15 October 2018

A private collection of more than 30 pieces of Pilkington’s Lancastrian lustre excelled when offered at Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium) in Edinburgh on October 10.

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Adding lustre to Pilkington's Lancastrian collection at auction

04 October 2018

The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow spotlight fell upon the Pilkington's Lancastrian factory this week - just days before an important private collection of these Salford-made lustre wares is offered for sale at auction in Scotland.

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Regional rooms to repackage traditional fare

01 October 2018

Two leading regional auction houses – Lyon & Turnbull and Dreweatts – are trying new format sales this autumn in the hope of increasing demand for traditional European art and antiques. Both are creating room sets for viewing works.

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God bless American bidders - Lyon & Turnbull hails return of transatlantic interest in furniture at auction

17 September 2018

Auction house Lyon & Turnbull hails the encouraging return of American interest at its September 5 sale.

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More puppets make their mark as latest lot more than trebles estimate at Edinburgh auction

12 September 2018

Following puppet-maker John Blundall’s entire collection being auctioned at Lyon & Turnbull through a series of sales, another rare puppet set more than trebled its estimate last week.

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Buyers become silver surfers

10 September 2018

UK dealers buying foreign silver, overseas bidders taking British work and generally solid interest for traditional pieces of mid-ranking silver brightened up the normally quieter late summer sales across the country.

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Scotland breaks summer slumber with Edinburgh Mod Brit and contemporary art sales

03 September 2018

August is the month when Scotland takes it up a notch while the rest of the art world has a breather.

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5 key details about this rare Scottish silver ‘argyll’

02 August 2018

A rare George III argyll (or gravy warmer) will be offered at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh this month. Despite the associations with the Dukes of Argyll, only two Scottish silver vessels are recorded.

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Ornithological work that caused a big flap in Edinburgh auction

16 July 2018

One of a collection of ornithological and other natural history works from a country house library offered in an Edinburgh sale was a scarce, complete copy of a work that created a bitter fall-out between author and illustrator.

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