The year began with a very special sale of works from St. Andrew's Fine Art. Preparing for a well-deserved retirement, the much-loved gallery invited Lyon & Turnbull to offer 174 works, collected over a forty-year period. Highlights from the collection, offered in February with a 92% sale rate, included a wonderfully quirky group of watercolours and pastels by Pat Douthwaite and fine examples by Robin Philipson, John Houston, Anne Redpath and Peter Howson.
Our April Contemporary & Post-War Art auction was one of the most exciting contemporary auctions we have held, including the Herbert Smith Freehills collection of works by Bridget Riley, William Scott, Patrick Heron and Barbara Hepworth, among others as well as an important collection and archive of works by artists such as Joseph Beuys, Christo, Paul Neagu and Stephen Conroy. The collection benefited from impeccable provenance with the vendor having worked alongside the trail-blazing Richard Demarco.
Our May auction of Fine Paintings totalled £1.2million. With strong representation from both the Glasgow Boys and the Glasgow Girls; paintings by Bessie MacNicol, Jessie M. King, George Henry and John Lavery all sold above estimate. A particularly stunning painting of Iona by S.J. Peploe attracted a number of bidders and far exceeded its pre-sale estimate of £30,000 to £50,000, achieving £90,050 (results include buyers premium).
Coinciding with Edinburgh Festival, the summer Scottish Contemporary & Post-War Art auction exceeded its pre-sale high estimate with Gerald Laing's Galina V achieving £21,250. A number of works by Peter McLaren attracted competitive bidding with Skipi Gio making the world record auction price and there was high demand for a group of works by Ian Hamilton Finlay.
Later that month the Studios of John Cunningham and George Wyllie were offered for sale in Glasgow, where both artists have a strong following. The 78 landscapes and still life paintings by Cunningham consistently sold above estimate and the star lot of the Wyllie section was Straw Locomotive which realised £18,125 (also a world record) and was acquired by a major private collector of contemporary art.
The Winter Sale of Fine Paintings brought high prices for three of Britain's greatest female artists; Dame Laura Knight study of a female dressing sold above estimate at £18,750 and both Winifred Nicholson's Cheeky Chicks and Anne Redpath's Tulips in a White Jug realised £97,250 (see above).
With a selling rate of 83% for the year, Lyon & Turnbull are pleased to be recognised as specialists in their field with a thorough knowledge of the market and a consistency which is unrivalled.