After achieving first class honours in Law at the University of Aberdeen, our Head of Operations and Legal, Laura Henderson, trained at a prestigious Scottish Private Client law firm before joining Lyon & Turnbull in 2014. The smooth transition to the world of antiques was natural for Laura. As well as being known for having a keen eye for a bargain, Laura’s dad is an artist - hence the draw to beautiful objects. In her spare time, Laura can be found trawling the charity shops of Morningside and Stockbridge picking up second-hand items which she likes to upcycle. Although Laura loves to travel abroad, her passion lies at home – she is obsessed with interior design. During Lockdown Laura has used the time to redecorate and of course, as an excuse for online shopping!
A regular globetrotter, Laura enjoys flying all over the world. Working at Lyon and Turnbull has taken Laura further afield than she could have ever imagined! In 2016, Laura travelled to Hong Kong with other members of the Lyon and Turnbull team to help successfully launch the company’s inaugural auction there which saw the top lot selling for over £3.6 million!
”It was an exciting sale in a destination like no other I had previously visited. I feel very lucky to work for a Scottish company that has such an international footprint. But more importantly, where to next?!”
As a member of the company’s charity committee, Laura takes part in organising fundraising events throughout the year. One such event is our fundraising auction for Masks for Scotland, an appeal to help raise funds for much needed PPE in Scotland to help tackle the outbreak of Covid-19. Along with her team, Laura is very grateful for the kind donations received and hopes that the auction will go a long way to helping.
You can often find our Junior Asian Art specialist, Tsai Yiing Ing industriously working to organise & catalogue our Edinburgh & London Asian Works of Art auctions alongside the Head of Department, Grace Tu. Full of welcoming energy, Tsai is always ready to share his knowledge & expertise of Asian Works of Art.
Tsai shares his wonderful story about his entrance into the art world with us:
'“Welcome!” Little did I know Susanna Goho-Quek also meant her greeting to be into the whimsical world of Art & Antiquities, as she welcomed me into the gallery. Susanna later became my business partner (more of a partner-in-crime in life) co-owning the now closed Chinese & Tibetan antique gallery in Kuala Lumpur, ‘House of Suzie Wong’. While providing me with the financial & spiritual support to finish my PhD in Chinese Literature, most importantly the gallery endowed me with an opportunity into the art world. In eternal gratefulness for my adventurous spirit to push the gallery door open, and Susanna's kind heart welcoming me in unlocked the door of my journey into the art world, which has continued into the auction world at Lyon and Turnbull.'
'I began interning with Lyon & Turnbull during the Autumn of 2019 & became immediately involved with the Edinburgh & London Asian Art sales. An interesting & exciting department, I was delighted to become a full time member of staff in December of 2019. Here I am now about to go through my fourth sale at Lyon and Turnbull, and still counting!'
Held behind closed doors, our live online 13th May auction of Asian & Islamic Works of Art saw great success with Eastern treasures, unearthed from a Scottish country house, achieving outstanding results with an exquisite £45,000 incl premium Qianlong Period Beijing Enamel Vase leading the sale.
Our African & Oceanic Art and Antiquities specialist, Alex Tweedy, has always had a passion for traveling the world & discovering new places. Alex is pictured here, exploring the Southern Alps in New Zealand.
“At the start of my career, I was lucky enough to live and work in some extraordinary and challenging places in West & Central Africa for a number of years. Upon returning to the UK, I decided to study Archaeology because exploring the past is just another form of travel! It was then I began to discover the rich cultural heritage of the African continent and beyond – this is where my journey into the auction world began. Even years later, being able to study and handle these remarkable objects remains a great privilege.”
“Working with Lyon and Turnbull, to uncover exciting items from the past, some of which now reside in some of the leading institutions in the world, is an absolute pleasure!”
Alex’s last auction of African & Oceanic Art, Antiquities and Natural History took place live online on Tuesday 5th May, lead by a hammered bronze Apulo-Corinthian Helmet, which achieved an excellent result of £18,750 incl remium.
Our Associate Development Director, Deborah Bennett dedicates her time to building relationships around the U.K., promoting the beautiful works of art in our sales, showcasing our specialists' talents & raising awareness for a wide range of fantastic philanthropic causes.
A dynamic individual, full of energy, it won't come as a surprise to anyone that knows her, that after having her first flying lesson when visiting the Goodwood Airfield while she was working at Estee Lauder, Deborah was immediately hooked and went on to gain her private pilot's license!
Deborah shared the story of how her love of flying began and how she became a pilot:
"I was working at Estee Lauder and often stayed the weekend with friends near Goodwood in Sussex.
My Father had been a Spitfire pilot in World War 2 and one day we went to Goodwood Airfield-a wartime airfield restored by the Duke of Richmond and I had a flying lesson. I was immediately hooked and started to fly most weekends to gain my private pilot’s license. It was rather a long haul as I spent a great deal of time in America training for a new job to launch a scientific brand called Prescriptives.
It really was the most difficult challenge I have ever had and it taught me much about discipline and perseverance. Being in the air also put everything into perspective and was a totally surreal experience and I will never forget the feeling when my instructor sent me off on my first solo!"
When discussing her love and appreciation of art that also stemmed from her time at Estee Lauder, Deborah describes how the exposure to contemporary American Art at Estee Lauder was the start.
"It led me, at a later date, to serve on several stewardship committees with The Courtauld Institute of Art and developed my passion for The Impressionist painters. My time as Chairman of the Hunterian Friends developed my appreciation of Scottish art together with my relationship with Glasgow School of Art."
"Lyon & Turnbull is an amazing company with a true feeling for the development of the individual member of staff and the current situation has highlighted the familial feeling of the company."
Join us at one of our events when we are able to reopen to the public to meet Deborah our Aviation Ace in person!
We are kicking things off with a man who probably doesn't need an introduction... Lyon & Turnbull Legend, Sydney Drew. Currently safely at home, Sydney aka ‘Syd’ is often the first smiling face many of our visitors to Broughton Place encounter. A golf champion, melophile, art-lover, petrol-head and avid tennis player, Sydney is often our go to model for Photo Ops with the International Press. An avid car lover, Sydney has a particular passion for Mini-Coopers!
We asked Sydney to describe his experiences at Lyon & Turnbull & he responded in a way that only Sydney could:
Stop by Broughton Place in Edinburgh when the saleroom reopens to the public to meet Sydney the Legend in person.
Contemporary & Post-War Art
Fine Asian Works of Art
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