Form Through Time

Form Through Time

31st May, 2023 14:00
Sale number: 735
Location: Live Online | Viewing in Connaught St, London
Catalogue: View E-Catalogue


Form Through Time is a journey through world history and culture. The works presented in our forthcoming sale offer a glimpse onto the distant peoples who created them. Highlights featured in the May 2023 edition include a South Arabian Sabean alabaster head, formerly with the noted collector Francois Antonovich, an ancient Egyptian Bronze Statue of Neith dating to the 26th Dynasty and a fine Olmec mask. Browse the lots and register to bid now.

Viewing at 22 Connaught Street, LONDON
Sat 27 & Sun 28 May 11 to 3pm.
Mon 29 May by appt
Tues 30 May 10.30-5pm
Day of sale by appt


The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium, at the following rate, thereon.
26% up to £20,000
25% from £20,001 to £500,000
20% thereafter

VAT will be charged on the premium at the rate imposed by law (see our Conditions of Sale at the back of this catalogue).


VAT at the standard rate payable on the hammer price
Reduced rate of 5% import VAT payable on the hammer price
[Ω] Standard rate of import VAT on the hammer price

Lots affixed with ‡ or [Ω] symbols may be subject to further regulations upon export /import, please see Conditions of Sale for Buyers Section D.2.

No VAT is payable on the hammer price or premium for books bought at auction


All potential buyers must register prior to placing a bid. Paddle registration must be completed in advance of the sale day. Please note that all first-time, and those returning after an extended period, bidders at Lyon & Turnbull will be asked to supply the following documents in order to facilitate registration:
1 – Government issued photo ID (Passport/Driving licence)
2 – Proof of address (utility bill/bank statement).

By registering for the sale, the buyer acknowledges that he or she has read, understood and accepted our Conditions of Sale.


This symbol § indicates works which may be subject to the Droit de Suite or Artist’s Resale Right, which took effect in the United Kingdom on 14th February 2006. We are required to collect a royalty payment for all qualifying works of art. Under new legislation which came into effect on 1st January 2012 this applies to living artists and artists who have died in the last 70 years. This royalty will be charged to the Buyer on the Hammer Price and in addition to the Buyer’s Premium. It will not apply to works where the Hammer Price is less than €1,000 (euros). The charge for works of art sold at and above €1,000 (euros) and below €50,000 (euros) is 4%. For items selling above €50,000 (euros), charges are calculated on a sliding scale. All royalty charges are paid to the Design and Artists Copyright Society (‘DACS’) and no handling costs or additional fees are retained by the Auctioneer. Resale royalties are not subject to VAT. Please note that the royalty payment is calculated on the rate of exchange at the European Central Bank on the date of the sale. More information on Droit de Suite is available at


Responsibility for packing, shipping and insurance shall be exclusively that of the purchaser. See Collections & Storage section for more info specific to this particular auction.


All item descriptions, dimensions and estimates are provided for guidance only. It is the buyer’s responsibility to inspect all lots prior to bidding to ensure that the condition is to their satisfaction. Our specialists will be happy to prepare condition reports and additional images. These are for guidance only and all lots are sold ‘as found’, as per our Conditions of Sale.


Prospective buyers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to; rosewood, rhino horn, ivory, coral and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective buyers should familiarise themselves with all relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import lots to another country. It is the buyer’s sole responsibility to obtain any relevant export or import licence. The denial of any licence or any delay in obtaining licences shall neither justify the recession of any sale nor any delay in making full payment for the lot.


Please be aware that lots marked with the symbol Y contain material which may be subject to CITES regulations when exporting outside Great Britain. For more information visit



STORAGE: Items will be stored 22 Connaught Street, until Friday 2nd June at 5pm.
Thereafter we will store items at Stephen Morris Shipping Ltd., 15 Ockham Drive, Greenford Park, Greenford, UB6 0FD.
Telephone +44(0)20 8832 2222. Items will be available to collect from 9am on Tuesday 6th June.
Please ensure payment has been made prior to collection. This can be done online, cheque, bank transfer or in person at our London office - details will be shown on your invoice also. Please note we are unable to accept cash or payments over the phone.

COST: Please note from Monday 19th June you will be charged by our storage partners.
Insurance 0.25% (all items)
Smalls (paintings and objects) - £2.50 admin fee then £1.00 per day. Furniture pieces - £5.50 admin fee then £2.50 per day.


STORAGE: Items will be stored at 22 Connaught Street, until Friday 2nd June at 5pm.
Thereafter items will be transported to our Edinburgh saleroom and will be available to collect from 9am on Thursday 8th June.

If you wish your item to be transported to Scotland please let us know by contacting the Department Administrator. All collections will be by appointment only (this applies to both carriers and personal

CALL 0131 557 8844

Please ensure payment has been made prior to collection. This can be done by bank transfer, and debit/credit card online (powered by Opayo) - details will be shown on your invoice. Please note we are unable to accept cash or take payments over the phone.

Name: Mr Alexander Tweedy


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