Modern Design Auction Valuations

Modern Design Auctions

Sell your Modern Design at Lyon & Turnbull. Request your valuation online or in person


Modern & Post-War Design Specialists


Lyon & Turnbull is a leading auction house in Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Design, holding specialist live and online Design auctions in London and Edinburgh that are known for their international reach and strong results. 20th and 21st Century Design is a buoyant and exciting area of the market. With a wealth of experience, our Modern Design team offer expertise encompassing a range of media including ceramics, furniture, sculpture, lighting and textiles, holding auctions offering exceptional and important design from the last 100 years.


Specialist Modern Design Auctions

Our Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Design sales cover all the major movements from Pre-War French and British Modernism and Art Deco, to works from the Mid-Century and Post-War, including Italian and Nordic Design, European and American Modernism, Studio Craft through to Contemporary Design, Glass and Studio & Contemporary Ceramics 

Renowned for our curated approach and presentation, our Modern & Post-War Design auctions bring together works from some of the most important masters of 20th and 21st Century Design, such as ceramics by Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, Magdalene Odundo, Jennifer Lee and Picasso Ceramics; furniture by Piero Fornasetti, Jean Prouvé, Mark Brazier-Jones, John Makepeace, Ron Arad, Hans Wegner, Ettore Sottsass and André Dubreuil; works of art by Peter Collingwood, Venini, Fulvio Bianconi and Sam Herman; and jewellery and silver by Georg Jensen, Wendy Ramshaw and Hiroshi Suzuki, to name a few.

Recent highlights include a Trolley designed by Gerald Summers for Isokon which sold for £35,200*, a 'Slab' Table by George Nakashima which sold for £27,700*, a 'Multimo' Sofa designed by Pierre Paulin for Artifort which sold for £25,000*, a Footed Bowl by Dame Lucie Rie which sold for £57,500* and a steel and slate sculpture, Untitled, by Harry Bertoia which sold for £11,875*.


Dedicated Auction Experts

Our specialists in Modern & Post-War Design are renowned for their knowledge and passion in the field of 20th & 21st Century Design. Sourcing strong examples both nationally and internationally, they have a wide network of contacts and strong links to leading Design experts and museums. Working closely with our sister company, Freeman’s, allows us to reach wider audiences in the USA, sourcing and marketing collections for sale.

 *All prices are inclusive of buyers' premium. 





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Buying Modern Design at Auction


Bid Online or In-Person

At Lyon & Turnbull, we aim to make the buying at auction process as simple as possible, whether you are looking to bid online or in person. Should you wish to bid online, simply register for a Lyon & Turnbull account, set a reminder and get ready to bid on your favourite pieces. You can request a thorough condition report or discuss any item with our specialist team via email or telephone. Alternatively, if you prefer the excitement of the saleroom, our central London location at the Mall Galleries allows the opportunity to view the curated collection of ceramics, modern art, design and more, ahead of bidding. 


MODERN MADE: Specialist Design Auctions in London

MODERN MADE, our twice-yearly London sale, offers the very best in Modern & Post-War Art, Design and Studio Ceramics. A dynamic combination of multiple disciplines, the sale features studio ceramics, paintings, design and more, showcasing the work of some of the finest artists in the world; from Dame Lucie Rie to Andy Warhol. Taking place in April and August, as part of Lyon & Turnbull's Design Season, buyers can bid online or in person at our central London location, the Mall Galleries.









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Sell Your Modern Design at Auction

Find out how much your items of Modern, Post-War and Contemporary Design could be worth at auction with a complimentary valuation. Our team of specialists are on hand to help throughout the auction process, ensuring your item is marketed successfully to our international network of buyers and receives a premium price when sold. To begin your auction valuation, simply follow our three-step process below. 


Sell Studio Pottery at Lyon & Turnbull | Submit Your Valuation

Request an Estimate

Fill in the estimate form below with photographs and as much information as possible, and we will match you with a relevant specialist.

Sell Contemporary Ceramics at Lyon & Turnbull | Receive a Quote

Receive a Valuation

A department specialist will be in touch within a few days to offer an auction valuation and further information on how to easily consign at auction.

Sell Studio Pottery at Lyon & Turnbull | Consign at Auction

Consign at Auction

Your item will be expertly catalogued and marketed to our extensive database, all designed to help you receive the best price at auction.

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You can arrange a consignment appointment at at a location near you or by telephoning us on on +44 131 557 8844. We would be delighted to meet with you to discuss any consignment opportunity in person. 

We are pleased to offer a complimentary auction valuation service. In some cases, where the item does not meet Lyon & Turnbull's selling criteria, we will not be able to advise on the provenance or potential price the piece may sell for elsewhere. 

If you are happy with your auction estimate, our specialists will advise on a suitable auction date and next steps. Once a consignment document has been completed, we will arrange the shipping or drop off of any items, catalogue the pieces and prepare to market them across our extensive network. 

Once you have received your auction estimate, your specialist will agree the terms of sale. This is typically a percentage of the hammer price of your consigned item when it sells at auction. 

No, there is no obligation to sell with us once you receive your auction estimate.

Prior to auction, our specialist team will be in touch to advise you of the confirmed date of sale, reconfirm the estimate and reserve prices and lot number of your item. 

Around three weeks prior, the auction will go online which can be found on our Forthcoming Auctions page. On sale day, you can view the auction in our relevant saleroom or watch online via our website. 

Any settlement will be arranged typically 28 days post sale by BACS (if requested) or cheque. 

Should your item not sell, your specialist will be in touch to discuss all options available.



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Talk to Our Modern Design Specialists

Philip Smith | Lyon & Turnbull


Head of Department | London



Joy McCall | Lyon & Turnbull


Senior Specialist | London


John Mackie | Lyon & Turnbull


Senior Specialist | Edinburgh



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