Lyon & Turnbull

Edinburgh auction house Lyon & Turnbull has been operating since 1826 in Scotland. The company specialises in fine art, jewellery and antiques.

They hold about 30 auctions a year including dedicated sales such as Scottish paintings, European and British paintings, furniture, silver, books and furniture.

In 2000 the business formed a marketing alliance with US auctioneers Freeman's of Philadelphia.


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Stand-out silver to look out for in upcoming auctions

26 February 2024

A selection of previews from three British sales and another in Germany

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First edition of early feminist text makes over 30 times estimate

19 February 2024

Actress cheated by the Prince of Wales turned to a campaign based on ‘injustice of mental subordination’

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Wemyss collected over decades comes to auction in Edinburgh

12 February 2024

Extensive array offered by Lyon & Turnbull concentrates on the first Scottish period of production

Wemyss tabby cat

Auction buyers get claws into Wemyss cats

29 January 2024

This smiling tabby cat formed part of an extensive collection of Scottish Wemyss Ware sold at Lyon & Turnbull.

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Art Market: Cadell captures the Cassis light

29 January 2024

Scottish Colourist likened the French port to Iona – but with more time to paint given the weather

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Allan Ramsay the royal favourite

29 January 2024

The precise and sensitive portraiture of Allan Ramsay (1713-84) earned him widespread acclaim, aided by his prodigious intellect and social flair.

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Two rare Bessie MacNicol works appear at auction in a week

29 January 2024

Works by Glasgow Girl Bessie MacNicol (1869-1904) – who died in childbirth aged 34 – are represented in many public collections, especially in Scotland.

Alasdair Gray's Glasgow Triumph of Death

Major record for Alasdair Gray as apocalyptic canvas turns heads in Edinburgh auction

24 January 2024

A shot in the arm for the picture market of Alasdair Gray (1934-2019) came at the start of the year when one of his most momentous paintings emerged at auction and set a major record for the Scottish artist and writer.

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Rachel Ruysch attribution bears fruit

02 January 2024

One of the Old Masters attracting significant interest at Lyon & Turnbull’s (25/20% buyer’s premium) latest Five Centuries sale in Edinburgh was a small still-life that drew strong competition against a £5000-8000 estimate.

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Reminder of Rennie Mackintosh’s Suffolk sojourn

18 December 2023

A group of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) watercolours and drawings were sold on behalf of the Glasgow Art Club at Lyon & Turnbull’s (26% buyer’s premium) Design since 1860 sale in Edinburgh.

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Specialist supports brain tumour research charity

18 December 2023

Lyon & Turnbull specialist and BBC Antiques Roadshow expert Theo Burrell has become a formal patron of the Brain Tumour Research (BTR) charity.

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Leaving you Hungary for more

11 December 2023

A wide range of eastern European works is increasingly attracting strong demand at auction

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Brilliant minds Leibniz and Wotton bring brilliant price

11 December 2023

Letter from German mathematician to English scholar takes £14,000 in Edinburgh saleroom

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Back from 1910 honeymoon with a Satsuma vase

27 November 2023

Yabu Meizan (1853-1934) is considered the ‘prince’ of the so-called Satsuma medium.

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A trio of works by the brilliant Burges

20 November 2023

Jade censer modified by the architect-designer for his own enjoyment returns to auction in Edinburgh

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Hardman jewel with a Pugin connection

20 November 2023

This gothic revival gold and enamel 'artist's jewel' made by the Birmingham metalworkers Hardman and Co is very similar to one given by architect Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52) to his third wife Jane Knill.

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Discovering Lalique’s lost wax

20 November 2023

Lyon & Turnbull’s (26/25/20% buyer's premium) Lalique sale in London included six of the rare pieces made using the cire perdue technique.

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‘Dragon’ bowls from the China trade

23 October 2023

This pair of yellow ground and green enamelled ‘dragon’ bowls have Qianlong six-character marks and are of the period.

Cedric Morris picture

Cedric Morris allegorical work from 1938 comes to auction

16 October 2023

An allegorical bird and flower oil painted by the artist-plantsman Cedric Morris (1889-1982) in the shadow of the Second World War comes to auction this month.

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Intaglios in abundance at Edinburgh auction

02 October 2023

Grand Tour souvenirs often attract attention at auction and the buyer of this lot certainly got a sizeable helping for their money

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