Silver & Objects of Vertu


Lyon & Turnbull’s Silver & Objects of Vertu department currently hold two specialist auctions per year - alongside the annual Scottish Silver & Applied Arts auction in August - dedicated to both British and foreign silverware from the 16th century to modern day.

While good quality pieces of traditional silverware remain popular, particularly items with an interesting provenance or by renowned makers such as Paul Storr, Paul de Lamerie, Rundell, Bridge & Rundell and Garrards; recent years have seen the emergence of post-war British silverware as an important collecting area. Scotland is proud to call home to a number of important contemporary silversmiths, including Malcolm Appleby, Graham Smith and Adrian Hope; and Lyon & Turnbull continues to champion new and emerging craftspeople via Elements, our annual exhibition of contemporary silverware and jewellery.

Auction highlights often feature pieces from important private collections: the discovery of an important early Apostle spoon, dating from late 15th/ early 16th century, was offered in 2021 from The Property of the Earls of Breadalbane & Holland, Taymouth Castle; various pieces formally in the famous collection of Sir William Lowther (1757-1844), the 1st Earl of Lonsdale, have been offered over the years including a pair of George IV wine coolers for £23,750 in 2021 and a set of Paul Storr candlesticks for £79,250 in 2008; two pairs of 18th century German candlesticks by Balthazar Friedrich Behrens bearing the arms of King George II (1727-1760), sold in 2009 for £109,000; and a Russian silver gilt and cloisonne enamel box, by renowned maker Fedor Ruckert, sold for £74,400.

Our Silver & Objects of Vertu department holds two auctions throughout the year, and a specialist Scottish Silver auction in August. To find out more about our forthcoming auctions or valuations please do not hesitate to contact one of our specialist team.

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