Decorative Arts: Design from 1860

Design Since 1860


Lyon & Turnbull’s Decorative Arts & Design specialists are renowned for both their knowledge and their sales of artworks conducted from London and 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 Great Exhibition in London in 1851 was a trigger for change in field of art and design. This sale celebrates the work of artists and designers from all the major modern design movements of the period, from the Aesthetic and Arts & Crafts movements of the second half of the 19th century through the Art Nouveau movement at the turn of the 20th century, Art Deco and early Modernist movements.

We hold two specialist Design Since 1860 auctions a year, as well as special collections sales, and these are available to view live or online. To speak to an experienced specialist please call us on 0131 557 8844 or 0207 930 9115.

Our Range of Experience

Our experience covers all the applied arts; ceramics, art glass, furniture, textiles, metalwork and works of art as well as works on paper and books. The objects we sell speak of the time in which they were made, retaining their value because of their quality, their aesthetic beauty, or their place in design and collecting history. Amongst the designers whose work we sell are Christopher Dresser; Émile Gallé, E.W. Godwin, Josef Hoffmann, Archibald Knox, Willam Morris, May Morris, William de Morgan, A.W.N. Pugin and C.F.A. Voysey to name a few.

In the field of Scottish Design we auction works by the Glasgow designers including Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Frances and Margaret Macdonald, Herbert MacNair and Jessie M. King. Work by Edinburgh designers Sir Robert Lorimer and the Irish born artist Phoebe Anna Traquair are also included in these auctions.


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