John Mackie, one of the founding Directors of Lyon & Turnbull, is a specialist in Decorative Arts: Design from 1860, European Ceramics & Glass, and Fine Furniture & Works of Art.
John has 25 years’ experience in the auction business, beginning his career at Phillips in Glasgow in 1989 after a career in agriculture. He initially ran the saleroom as the saleroom manager, and cut his teeth supervising house sales for the company including Knockdow in Argyll and Rowallan Castle in Ayrshire. In October 1993 he took over the Decorative Arts department for Phillips in Glasgow and Edinburgh before becoming Head of Antique Furniture and Associate Director of the firm in Scotland.
In 1999 John, along with four other colleagues from Phillips, was instrumental in the regeneration of the long-established auction house Lyon & Turnbull and is a founding director with responsibilities for brand management. Initially running both the Antique Furniture department and the Decorative Arts departments for Lyon & Turnbull, John now specialises in the Decorative Arts from 1860 to the present day.
He is an enthusiastic visitor to country houses, museums and galleries and exhibitions wherever he finds himself. Favourite places include Kettles Yard in Cambridge, Knole House in Kent and anywhere in the V&A in London. John is a committee member of the Edinburgh Art Fund as well as a member of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society and The Decorative Arts Society.
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