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Gandhi’s digits make five figures

13 September 2021

One of the more unusual lots that I have encountered in recent times is a piece of card bearing the only known example of Mahatma Gandhi’s fingerprints.

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Relics from rare Keith silver to symbols of Jacobite rebellion feature at Edinburgh auction

06 September 2021

The rarest Scottish provincial town marks, known only from spoons and ladles, are those of Stonehaven, Ellon and Keith.

B2B Edinburgh postponed due to 'too much uncertainty'

09 August 2021

B2B Events has confirmed that its antiques, vintage and collectors’ fairs held in Edinburgh at the Royal Highland Centre will not be running this year.

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Raeburn at the height of his powers

26 July 2021

Rare market appearance by a Sir Henry Raeburn work heads a special report on recent Scottish highlights

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Art Market: John William Godward oil is latest in a run of strong prices

28 June 2021

An unusual number of high prices for pictures has been recorded outside London this season.

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Breadalbane spoons finally up for sale

14 June 2021

Gavin Campbell (1851-1922), the 7th Earl of Breadalbane, was a prominent society figure and Liberal politician in the Gladstone administration but is best known in collecting circles as the owner of a vast array of silver.

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Breakfast service fit for royal visitors makes 10-times estimate in Edinburgh sale

07 June 2021

This huge porcelain breakfast service was made to welcome Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on their first visit to Scotland in 1842.

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Four sales prove better by design at Lyon & Turnbull

31 May 2021

Extensive cross-section of design-themed objects offered in Edinburgh and London by same auction house

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Fijian bowl with rare form brings fervent interest at Lyon & Turnbull

17 May 2021

This Fijian kava bowl, or daveniyaqona, carved in the form of a shallow figure, would have been used for both the consumption of kava (yaqona – the intoxicating liquor of the pepper plant) by priests during religious rites and to hold sacred oil.

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Inspired by Sir Walter Scott

05 April 2021

Talented amateur artist enjoyed riding excursions with the author to antiquarian sites

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Closon clicks among clock fans

29 March 2021

Peter Closon (c.1594-c.1662) was one of the most prolific of the so-called First Period lantern clock makers – although little is known about his life.

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Seal gave status to illegitimate offspring

22 March 2021

A wax seal matrix bought at auction by National Museums Scotland has revealed how James V of Scotland (1512-42) treated one of his illegitimate sons.

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Tea served by Regency stars

15 March 2021

This Neo-classical silver tea service combines the talents of two giants of the Regency era.

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Value judgment: Interview with the new head of watches at Lyon & Turnbull

08 March 2021

With classic watches usually priced in five or six figures, it is worth discovering the less well-known brands and especially those from the 1980s, says newly appointed Lyon & Turnbull specialist Sarah Fergusson

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Pick of the week: Pondicherry carpet saved from the ashes of Ossian’s Hall

15 February 2021

In his book 'Oriental Rugs' (1998), textiles scholar Murray Eiland Jr lamented the challenges in dating and identifying carpets woven in south-east India.

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‘High priestess of the grotesque’: Pat Douthwaite’s challenging oil paintings took a look at the wicked side of life

01 February 2021

Challenging, grotesque and raw, 'The Fete' sums up the art of Pat Douthwaite (1934-2002).

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Steamy Russell Flint works set pulses racing

25 January 2021

A collection of watercolours by Sir William Russell Flint (1880-1969) given their own stand-alone catalogue set pulses racing at Lyon & Turnbull.

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Life returns to the lochs and glens

25 January 2021

Traditional picturesque views of Scotland show signs of a market revival

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Polito’s Menagerie doubles up at Edinburgh auction

11 January 2021

A recent sale at Franklin Browns (18% buyer’s premium) in Edinburgh on included one of the most ambitious and most desirable of all early 19th century Staffordshire figure groups: the 'Polito’s Menagerie of the wonderful burds and beasts from most parts of the world'.

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Shakespeare brightened up by colouring

04 January 2021

Shown here is the opening spread of a special copy of an 1895 Dent edition of 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' sold at Lyon & Turnbull (25/20% buyer’s premium).