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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Back from 1910 honeymoon with a Satsuma vase

27 November 2023

Yabu Meizan (1853-1934) is considered the ‘prince’ of the so-called Satsuma medium.

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A trio of works by the brilliant Burges

20 November 2023

Jade censer modified by the architect-designer for his own enjoyment returns to auction in Edinburgh

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Hardman jewel with a Pugin connection

20 November 2023

This gothic revival gold and enamel 'artist's jewel' made by the Birmingham metalworkers Hardman and Co is very similar to one given by architect Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52) to his third wife Jane Knill.

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Discovering Lalique’s lost wax

20 November 2023

Lyon & Turnbull’s (26/25/20% buyer's premium) Lalique sale in London included six of the rare pieces made using the cire perdue technique.

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‘Dragon’ bowls from the China trade

23 October 2023

This pair of yellow ground and green enamelled ‘dragon’ bowls have Qianlong six-character marks and are of the period.

Cedric Morris picture

Cedric Morris allegorical work from 1938 comes to auction

16 October 2023

An allegorical bird and flower oil painted by the artist-plantsman Cedric Morris (1889-1982) in the shadow of the Second World War comes to auction this month.

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Intaglios in abundance at Edinburgh auction

02 October 2023

Grand Tour souvenirs often attract attention at auction and the buyer of this lot certainly got a sizeable helping for their money

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Monart Scottish and Spanish combo rivalled French art glass

02 October 2023

Spanish and Caledonian talents combined to create the highly colourful Monart range

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Reel appeal of Scottish music

04 September 2023

A previously unrecorded 18th century manuscript containing 75 pieces of traditional Scottish music sold for £5000 at Lyon & Turnbull (plus 26% buyer’s premium).

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Raise your Jacobite drinking glass to toast the Old and Young Pretenders

28 August 2023

A group of just over 20 lots of Jacobite drinking glasses from the 18th century featured in a sale of Scottish Works of Art and Whisky held in Edinburgh.

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Sumptuous work by the Shaykh

17 July 2023

Album of watercolours by mysterious but talented Indian artist takes £90,000 at Scottish saleroom

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Book specialist Vickers stands down at Lyon & Turnbull for consultancy role

10 July 2023

Book specialist Simon Vickers is retiring from his full-time role at Lyon & Turnbull to become a consultant.

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Is the future bright for Scottish Colourists?

26 June 2023

Latest results for works by the stars of the Scottish market show strong prices but a bit of a mixed picture

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Adler led avant garde into the British art world

26 June 2023

Refugee artist provided first-hand experience of cutting edge style

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Great Scots: dealer exhibitions and auctions in Scotland this summer

19 June 2023

The art world in the Scottish capital and beyond is gearing up for a busy summer season

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Objects that underline Ann Sutton's keen eye for new talent

05 June 2023

A group of design objects consigned by British textile artist and designer Ann Sutton (b.1935) was offered as part of the Lyon & Turnbull Modern Made sale.

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Sealed and delivered to auction: the Matrix collection

05 June 2023

Collector and author bought pieces for their historical interest as well as beauty

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Furniture that created a ‘new language for woodworking’

29 May 2023

Fresh-thinking range of furniture features in a four-day auction showcasing modern design styles

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Tunnard not seen for half a century

22 May 2023

Painted just after the Second World War, this Surrealist landscape by John Tunnard (1900-71) depicts a series of futuristic antennae, ancient megaliths and henges – plus the ‘dry tree’ motif the artist used as a symbol of destruction and death.

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Boxwood netsuke deer among lots at Lyon & Turnbull

01 May 2023

The sale of Asian art at Lyon & Turnbull in London on May 16 includes this late Edo or Meiji period boxwood netsuke of a recumbent deer signed Masakiyo.

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