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Clare Mackie for Country Life Exhibition

Clare Mackie for Country Life Exhibition

Sir Walter Scott, and His Steward  William Laidlaw

Sir Walter Scott, and His Steward William Laidlaw

The Contents of Denston Hall

The Contents of Denston Hall

Bold & Unique: The Designs of Christopher Dresser

Bold & Unique: The Designs of Christopher Dresser

Kelmscott Press - Geoffrey Chaucer

Kelmscott Press - Geoffrey Chaucer


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Asian Works of Art

Lyon & Turnbull’s Asian Works of Art Department is Scotland’s leading and oldest seller of items originating in the Far East.  With a special focus on works from China and Japan, the department’s twice-yearly sales of ceramics, furniture, ivories, silver and bronzes are positioned to capitalise on the current strength in the Asian antiques market.   

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Our unique position in Scotland, with its strong maritime tradition and centuries-long interest in the Orient, provides an exciting supply of high-quality goods, whether a single item passed down through generations, or a large specialist collection assembled with a curatorial eye.  

Our international team of specialists and consultants is able to advise on the current market and help you achieve the best results by reaching a world-wide buying base. 

Recent highlights include a Qing dynasty monumental full tip carved rhinoceros horn for £66,050; a pair of canton enamel floriform boxes and covers one Qianlong mark and period (the other of a later date) for £63,650; and a lime-green ground famille rose meiping vase with Jiaqing seal mark and of the period for £42,050.

Our forthcoming Asian works of art sale takes place on June 4th 2014; it will be our pleasure to offer for auction an Imperial summer robe dating to the mid Qing period from the notable Glaswegian collection of Leonard Gow, estimate £15,000-25,000.

Books, Manuscripts & Photographs

Lyon & Turnbull’s Department of Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photographs has gone from strength to strength in recent years. The department has two dedicated members of staff and hosts three sales a year.

Highlights of the past few years have included the sumptuous collection of travel volumes from the library of the Northern Lighthouse Board, a very large collection of antiquarian medical and travel books from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, a beautiful first edition copy of Robert Burns' Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, published in Kilmarnock 1786 and an impressive selection of Jacobite and natural history literature from the library at Stobhall, Perthshire.

It is our aim to continue this success, making Lyon & Turnbull the largest regional auctioneers of books, maps and manuscripts in the U.K.

Ceramics & Glass

Antique ceramics and glass are sold in specialist sections in our quarterly Fine Antiques sales. More affordable pieces are also included in our four Interiors sales. These normally include items of Scottish, English and Continental porcelain, pottery and glass.  

Recent highlights have good private collections of 18th and 19th century Meissen and Sevres and another of Royal Worcester, including pieces decorated by Sebright and Lockyer.  The Drambuie Collection in 2006 included a number of valuable and historically interesting 18th century drinking glasses which sold for strong prices.

Collections & House Sales

Energetic marketing and stylish presentation play an increasingly important role in promoting the fine art auction business to both new and established audiences.

And no one does it better than Lyon & Turnbull.

From Drambuie to Deloitte, their head turning approach to selling a diverse range of single-owner collections is encouraging all pretenders to up their game”

Roland Arkell, Deputy Editor, Antique Trade Gazette
Our bespoke approach to every collection has made us the market leader in Scotland and one of the most innovative auctioneers in the United Kingdom. Our dedicated senior team has considerable experience of orchestrating extremely successful sales across a wide spectrum of unique and interesting collections: from jewellery, paintings and Chinese art to entire country house contents.

People matter to us as much as their possessions at Lyon & Turnbull. We offer a tailored personal service and work closely with our clients to ensure that all elements of the sale reflect their taste and values.

Single owner sales at Lyon & Turnbull are characterised by:

  •     Excellent promotion and presentation
  •     Extensive media and collector attention
  •     Strong prices and high selling rates

The team bring together a unique combination of skills and experience which consistently achieves results well in excess of initial estimates. This is aided by our marketing alliance with Freeman’s, America’s oldest auction house. The unique relationship means that Lyon & Turnbull are well placed to market their clients’ goods on both sides of the Atlantic.

If you have a collection that you are considering selling we would be delighted to discuss how Lyon & Turnbull could help.

Highlights from the last two years have included:

The Taffner Collection of ‘Glasgow School’ Art
Estimate  £700,000-1,000,000    Result  £1,250,560
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The Blair Castle sale
Estimate  £450,000-700,000    Result £1,162,220
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An Important Private Collection of Early Maiolica
Estimate  £150,000-250,000    Result  £590,375

The Forbes Collection from Old Battersea House
Estimate  £2,300,000-3,500,000    Result  £2,665,116
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Contemporary & Post War Art

Our Contemporary and Post War sales offer modern artworks by both emerging talents and internationally regarded artists, ranging in style from the decorative to the conceptual. As the only sales of their kind in Scotland we ensure they have broad appeal, whether you are new to auctions or a significant collector.
Lyon & Turnbull have a great deal of experience handling the sale of corporate collections, with past clients including Deloitte and Herbert, Smith, Freehills. This sale provides an excellent platform for such collections, and we pride ourselves on providing a professional, discrete and above all enthusiastic service.

Similarly, we have a successful record with the sale of artist's studios: Adrian Wiszniewski, John Cunningham and George Wyllie being memorable recent highlights.

The Contemporary & Post War sales are held twice a year, in spring and summer, although you can also find Contemporary & Post War artworks in our other painting sales, including Fine Paintings, Scottish Art and Interiors.

If you would like to discuss consignment of an individual work, collection or studio, or would like information about a forthcoming auction, please don't hesitate to contact our specialists.

Decorative Arts & Design

Lyon & Turnbull have one of the largest Decorative Arts and Design departments outside London. The department sells works of art, ceramics, glass, furniture and design from 1860 to the present day.

Currently there are two sales of design per year in April and November encompassing all the major design movements from the English Aesthetic and Arts & Crafts movements of the late 19th century, through Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modernism in the early 20th century, to more contemporary design.

In addition to these sales we also hold an annual sale of Scottish Design, which includes works by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and The Glasgow School, alongside another devoted to Wemyss Ware pottery in August.

Fine Paintings & Sculpture

From the Old Masters to the Modern British School, our sales of fine British and International paintings and sculpture are designed to appeal to collectors of all areas.

The promotion of collections is our speciality at Lyon & Turnbull and each sale features a unique body of artworks from serious collections as diverse as 19th century Dutch Romanticism and 20th century Chinese Pop Art.  
We aim to make buying and selling as easy and as pleasurable as possible for our clients. This is why we regularly 'tour' the highlights of these sales to London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and where appropriate further afield; recent destinations including America, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

Our approach has seen us build a solid reputation for strong prices over the years, setting many market records including the most expensive painting sold in Scotland, 'The Hawker's Cart', by L. S. Lowry.

The Fine sales are held twice a year, in spring and autumn, although you can also find British and International artworks in our other painting sales, including Contemporary & Post War Art and Interiors.
If you would like to enquire about consignment of an individual work or collection, or would like information about a forthcoming auction please don't hesitate to contact our specialists.

Furniture, Works of Art & Clocks

We currently hold four Fine Antiques and four Interiors sales, spread throughout the year, and are thus able to offer a wide variety of goods for sale, from early furniture to more esoteric curios.

Lyon & Turnbull are constantly developing this strong and vibrant department, which has established itself as a premier location for the sale of good quality antique furniture, works of art and clocks.  The department has recently been strengthened by the international appointment of Douglas Girton as Head of Department, previously based with our sister auction house Freeman’s of Philadelphia.

We have developed a good reputation for the selling of collections, small and large, and the sale of full or part house contents. We pride ourselves on the marketing focus we can bring to bear and always aim to promote our client’s goods to the fullest. If a client wishes, we can feature good selected items from their homes as important sections within our fine sale catalogues, with appropriate catalogue notes and interior and exterior shots where required.

With specialists based in both London and Edinburgh, and valuers throughout the country, we are happy to offer you confidential advice on your items wherever you may be.

Jewellery & Watches

Lyon & Turnbull’s Jewellery & Watch department holds three specialist sales a year, early spring, summer and just before Christmas, selling a variety of antique, modern and contemporary jewellery. We pride ourselves on our diverse range of marketing events with individuals, companies and societies, run alongside our sales, designed to showcase our clients items at their best and to a wide range of potential buyers. We regularly showcase items in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and our affiliate auction house Freemans in Philadelphia, USA.

Recent successful sales include a contemporary natural fancy yellow and colourless diamond set cluster ring sold for £30,000; An impressive emerald and diamond cluster necklace  sold for £28,000 and recently an early 20th century Russian gold mounted sapphire and diamond set compact sold for £15,000, most probably a gift with royal provenance. We also regularly offer a wide selection of watches, including a recent sale of an Parmigiani gentleman’s 18ct gold chronograph sold for £9,600; modern watches being very much an up and coming collectors market for the discerning gentleman.

The department undertakes valuations for inheritance tax, current market value, tax planning etc.  Whether you would like further advice about the value of an individual item or guidance on the sale and marketing of your collection we would be pleased to assist you.



Paintings & Prints

The Fine Paintings department currently holds ten regular sales per year, featuring a range of works as diverse as 19th century Dutch Romanticism and 20th Century Chinese Pop Art.

Our Fine Sales are held in May and November and include sales dedicated to Fine Scottish Art and British and Continental Paintings and Sculpture. We also have two Scottish Contemporary & Post-War Art sales in the spring and autumn with content ranging from John Bellany to Bridget Riley. In addition, we have four Interiors sales which provide a constant supply of decorative and more affordable works by home-grown and international artists.

Our staff have a range of interests and expertise to cover Western art from the seventeenth century to the present day, which reflects the eclectic content of our sales. We are particularly strong on Scottish Art, such as the Colourists, though we also regularly achieve top prices for other British and European artists. The Department is emerging as the leading seller of paintings based outside London and has gone from strength to strength, setting no less than ten world record prices with the sale of the Drambuie Collection (100% selling rate). Our reputation for handling collections is unrivalled: for example, we were invited to sell the Deloitte Collection, one of the most important contemporary corporate collections in the United Kingdom (86% selling rate), and last year we handled the Taffner Collection, an important body of work by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow School (97% selling rate).

With dedicated staff in London, including our head consultant Emily Johnston, a specialist in 20th Century Art, and a team of specialists in Edinburgh, we are able to offer a personal, expert and confidential service to clients looking for advice on selling, or those looking to expand their current collection.

Rugs & Carpets

Lyon & Turnbull have developed a strong reputation for the sale of Oriental rugs and carpets in recent years.  Each of our antiques sales has a section dedicated to these items, with the best examples being offered in our quarterly Fine Antiques Sales. Some pieces are also included within House Sales and Collections.

Notable ‘discoveries’ have included a rare large ivory ground Zeigler sold for £123,250 and an ivory ground Agra sold for £39,300.

We are always happy to offer no obligations confidential advice to clients wondering about the value of their floor, or wall, coverings.


Scottish Art

Lyon & Turnbull consistently prove that Scottish art sells best in Scotland. We hold two dedicated Scottish art sales a year, providing an excellent platform for our client's artworks and ensuring that this buoyant area of the market is highlighted in the manner it deserves.

Our biannual sales span over four hundred years, from the Romantic landscapes of Alexander Nasmyth to Joan Eardley's pastels of Glaswegian street children, representing major movements including the Glasgow Boys, Edinburgh School and the Scottish Colourists: Peploe, Fergusson, Hunter and Cadell.

With over forty years of expertise in this field and a dynamic approach to marketing, we are proud of the results we have achieved for our clients; for example successfully selling an unmatched 94% of Scottish Colourist works handled in recent years.

The Scottish sales are held twice a year, in summer and winter, although you can also find Scottish artworks in our other painting sales, including Fine Paintings, Contemporary & Post War Art and Interiors.

If you would like to discuss buying or selling Scottish artworks, or wish to find out more about any of the events we host around these sales, please don't hesitate to contact our specialists.

Silver & Objects of Vertu

Lyon & Turnbull’s Silver and Coin Department holds three sales a year; in spring, summer and just before Christmas, including a variety of antique and modern silver as well as plated, foreign and Scottish provincial wares. We also have an annual sale devoted to Scottish Silver.

The department has had a number of significant collections of silver for sale in recent years, including The Murray Collection, totalling £190,000. This success lead to the consignment of a Private Collection of Scottish silver which made £135,000 and included the Tain Tot Cup at £22,000, a world record price. Recently, four items surplus to the Maxwell MacDonald family realised £53,000. Coins and medals are an area of expansion for us and record prices were set last year for early 19th century coin proof sets. We also continue to do well with Russian enamel items.

If you would like further advice about the value of an individual item or guidance on the sale and marketing of your collection we would be pleased to assist you.

Sporting & Arms and Armour

Lyon & Turnbull have sold some exceptional items in these categories over the years, including a cane reputedly made from the spear which killed Captian Cook, illustrated above, which sold for £153,550. Arms & Armour are sold as a specialist section within our quarterly Fine Antiques sales. We also sell a variety of other sporting items, ranging from golfing to fishing.

If you would like confidential advice on the value or selling of an item or a collection we would be delighted to help.