Private Sales – Fine Art, Antiques & Jewellery


For various reasons some clients prefer a less public and less pressured sale process than auction. For these clients Lyon & Turnbull and its team of specialists can provide private selling options for either single items or collections. Our private sales team are available to work one on one with our clients offering confidential advice and sale strategies.

 Our team of specialists examine and value your property, they will assess the best method for offering your work and achieving your goals. Our specialists will work with you to develop a personalised sale strategy that will be the most beneficial for your specific needs based on their unique market access and global insights. All private sale enquiries are treated with the utmost privacy and confidentiality. Depending on the needs of those involved, a private sale may be executed quickly or gradually.

Our alliance with America’s oldest auction house, Freeman’s of Philadelphia, expands the reach into the international market, boosting sales potential in the US market, whilst still maintaining one of the company's joint core values: one-to-one client service.

If you would like to confidentially discuss your private selling needs please contact one of our directorial team.

An International Sale

The extremely rare and beautiful panel, illustrated at the head of this page, was embroidered in Istanbul during the latter part of the 16th Century. This type of embroidery can be seen on several different types of material, including a variety of coloured silks and even leather. This example is possibly unique, the embroiderer having used an early 16th Century Italian silk velvet as the ground. Such velvets were highly treasured all over the Mediterranean for their colour and texture and the particular piece of burgundy red velvet used here is the finest and most sumptuous quality. This may be the only instance of a European textile having been used as the ground for Turkish embroidery.

The pattern is the Chintamani design of three balls which was one of the most popular designs of the Ottoman Court in the 16th Century. Another embroidered Chintamani design panel on velvet is in the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, and was exhibited at the travelling exhibition ‘The Age of Sultan Suleyman The Magnificent.'

This piece is now part of an American museum collection, a private sale coordinated by our Private Sales team on behalf of a British collector.



Contact Our Private Sales Team 

For further information and confidential advice 


EDINBURGH | 0131 557 8844



EDINBURGH | 0131 557 8844