Decorative Arts: Design from 1860

Design from 1860 - 1945


Lyon & Turnbull’s Decorative Arts & Design specialists are renowned for both their knowledge and their sales of artworks conducted from our Scottish auction house based in Edinburgh and via our live online auctions. Our specialists are experts not only on design from 1860 to the present, but also on current market conditions, an essential combination to any successful auction.

Celebrating Decades of Design

The field of Decorative Arts is wide and varied and encompasses all the major modern design movements from the Aesthetic and Arts & Crafts movements of the 1860s through the Art Nouveau movement at the turn of the 20th century, Art Deco and early Modernist movements.

We hold two specialist Design 1860 - 1945 auctions a year at our headquarters in Edinburgh and live online. To speak to an experienced specialist call 0131 557 8844.

Our Range of Experience

Encompassing all of the applied arts; ceramics and studio pottery, art glass, furniture, textiles, metalwork and works of art as well as works on paper and books. The objects speak of the time in which they were made, and have stood the test of time, retaining their value because of their quality, their aesthetic beauty or their place in design history. The range is vast and includes work by all the major designers of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Popular collecting fields include Lalique, Daum and Gallé glass, Moorcroft and Martin Brother’s pottery, silver and metalwork by Archibald Knox and Liberty & Co., bronze and ivory figures by designers such as Chiparus and Preiss amongst many others.

In the field of Scottish Design we sell works by the Glasgow designers Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Frances and Margaret Macdonald, Herbert MacNair, Jessie M. King. Also increasing in value recently has been work by Edinburgh designers Sir Robert Lorimer and the Irish born artist Phoebe Anna Traquair.


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DESIGN Since 1860

DESIGN Since 1860

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