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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Rare Charles Rennie Mackintosh watercolour achieves top price at Lyon & Turnbull Scottish art auction

15 June 2017

A rare watercolour by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) took £52,000 at last night’s sale at Lyon & Turnbull.

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Inscriptions provide vital 'Spark' in Edinburgh auction

12 June 2017

Sensational results for Scottish author in Lyon & Turnbull sale recall a doomed family link...

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The £13m Asian art boon for London as Silk Road begins to run dry

05 June 2017

“It was one of those eureka moments,” said Rosemary Scott, Chinese ceramics specialist at Christie’s. “My colleague Jeremy Morgan was on a perfectly normal valuation visit when he walked into the drawing room and there, on the mantelpiece, he saw these vases. He couldn’t believe his eyes.”

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Auction trio reflects an overall buoyancy to the antiques market

22 May 2017

Three substantial sales from Edinburgh to Exeter via Doncaster last month confirmed the promise of early spring with the staple areas of furniture, silver and ceramics holding up and, for named or specialist-interest material, doing well. The figures underline the overall buoyancy.

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Writing table helps to look for a Muriel Spark of inspiration

10 May 2017

Suffering from writer’s block? Maybe the solution is to feel inspired by those who have gone on to success. Working on your next best-seller using Muriel Spark’s table might help.

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Albums from an Asian Odyssey at Lyon & Turnbull

24 April 2017

Johannes Schröder (1870-1942) was not only a wealthy German merchant but also a globetrotter and a pioneer in utilising the invention of photography to document his time.

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Time travelling to Edinburgh auction

24 April 2017

Victorian exuberance or Georgian elegance – you pays your money and takes your choice. At Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium) on April 5, it cost a great deal for the former and rather less for the latter.

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Putting art and soul into textiles

18 March 2017

Dealer on a mission to establish such works alongside more ‘serious’ collecting fields

Bendor Grosvenor

Dealer Bendor Grosvenor joins the board of Scottish auction firm Lyon & Turnbull

25 January 2017

Edinburgh auctioneer Lyon & Turnbull has hired art historian and dealer Bendor Grosvenor as a non-executive director.

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Digital technology drives younger dealers and the art market in China

07 November 2016

The younger generation in China is fuelling the art market and the trade must embrace digital technology to compete, according to a panel of Asian art experts.

Silver coconut cup

Carved in Russia and mounted in Scotland – coconut cup takes £8000 bid

26 August 2016

This George III coconut cup with silver strapwork mounts sold by Lyon & Turnbull of Edinburgh provides a glimpse of the close relationship that existed between Scotland and Russia in the late 18th century.

A still life of roses by FCB Cadell

Edinburgh surgeon’s Scottish Colourist paintings give £1.23m lift to Lyon & Turnbull’s fine art auction

17 June 2016

A private collection of Scottish Colourist paintings assembled by a former president of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh gave a major boost to Lyon & Turnbull’s latest specialist auction of Scottish Paintings & Sculpture.

Wedgwood vase also the subject of painting by Cadell

Vase and painting reunited for Scottish auction

03 June 2016

A Wedgwood vase and the painting that depicts it have been reunited for the upcoming sale of the Wood collection at Lyon & Turnbull’s Edinburgh saleroom.

Lee Young during Lyon & Turnbull's Hong Kong sale

Ming stem cup takes £3.68m at Lyon & Turnbull's inaugural sale in Asia

31 May 2016

A Ming stem cup sold at Lyon & Turnbull’s debut auction in Hong Kong today for £3.68m (HK$41,560,000) including buyer’s premium.

Solid annual results for Celtic auctioneers

18 January 2016

Leading auctioneers in Ireland and Scotland enjoyed a solid, if unspectacular, year of sales in 2015.

The appliance of science – a discussion for Asian Art in London

28 October 2015

Leading specialists will debate the use of scientific testing in Asian art at an event to coincide with Asian Art in London (November 5-14).

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Soldani bronze brings £320,000

29 April 2015

This Italian baroque bronze depicting ‘Ganymede and the Eagle’ by Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi (1656-1740) proved the highlight of Lyon & Turnbull’s recent sale in Edinburgh.

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George II bookcase takes £55,000 in Edinburgh

22 January 2015

Leading Lyon & Turnbull’s latest furniture and works of art sale in Edinburgh was this fine George II mahogany breakfront bookcase c.1755 in the manner of Vile and Cobb.

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Christopher Dresser coffee pot makes £80,000 in Edinburgh

05 November 2014

A possibly unique electroplated coffee pot, designed by Christopher Dresser (1834-1904) and made by James Dixon & Sons in Sheffield, proved the highlight of Lyon & Turnbull’s sale auction ‘Decorative Arts: Design from 1860’ when it was knocked down for £80,000.

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L&T appoint new directors in succession plan

13 October 2014

Scottish firm Lyon & Turnbull have sought to address the age-old problem of succession planning at a regional saleroom by making a number of significant internal appointments.

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