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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Monart Scottish and Spanish combo rivalled French art glass

02 October 2023

Spanish and Caledonian talents combined to create the highly colourful Monart range

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Reel appeal of Scottish music

04 September 2023

A previously unrecorded 18th century manuscript containing 75 pieces of traditional Scottish music sold for £5000 at Lyon & Turnbull (plus 26% buyer’s premium).

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Raise your Jacobite drinking glass to toast the Old and Young Pretenders

28 August 2023

A group of just over 20 lots of Jacobite drinking glasses from the 18th century featured in a sale of Scottish Works of Art and Whisky held in Edinburgh.

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Sumptuous work by the Shaykh

17 July 2023

Album of watercolours by mysterious but talented Indian artist takes £90,000 at Scottish saleroom

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Book specialist Vickers stands down at Lyon & Turnbull for consultancy role

10 July 2023

Book specialist Simon Vickers is retiring from his full-time role at Lyon & Turnbull to become a consultant.

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Is the future bright for Scottish Colourists?

26 June 2023

Latest results for works by the stars of the Scottish market show strong prices but a bit of a mixed picture

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Adler led avant garde into the British art world

26 June 2023

Refugee artist provided first-hand experience of cutting edge style

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Great Scots: dealer exhibitions and auctions in Scotland this summer

19 June 2023

The art world in the Scottish capital and beyond is gearing up for a busy summer season

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Objects that underline Ann Sutton's keen eye for new talent

05 June 2023

A group of design objects consigned by British textile artist and designer Ann Sutton (b.1935) was offered as part of the Lyon & Turnbull Modern Made sale.

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Sealed and delivered to auction: the Matrix collection

05 June 2023

Collector and author bought pieces for their historical interest as well as beauty

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Furniture that created a ‘new language for woodworking’

29 May 2023

Fresh-thinking range of furniture features in a four-day auction showcasing modern design styles

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Tunnard not seen for half a century

22 May 2023

Painted just after the Second World War, this Surrealist landscape by John Tunnard (1900-71) depicts a series of futuristic antennae, ancient megaliths and henges – plus the ‘dry tree’ motif the artist used as a symbol of destruction and death.

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Boxwood netsuke deer among lots at Lyon & Turnbull

01 May 2023

The sale of Asian art at Lyon & Turnbull in London on May 16 includes this late Edo or Meiji period boxwood netsuke of a recumbent deer signed Masakiyo.

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How colour influences value when it comes to Lalique glass

17 April 2023

The latest dedicated sales held by one particular auction house show how the value of Lalique glass – the epitome of inter-war glamour – is determined by its colour

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Electrotype tankard copied from ivory original sells in Scotland

03 April 2023

This 12in (30cm) high gilt-copper electrotype tankard by Elkington of Birmingham copies an 17th century ivory tankard with silver mounts.

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Tolkien’s family and friends

27 March 2023

Middle-Earth history works edited by Christopher and two copies of The Hobbit with interesting links

David Brookes

Promotions and appointments at Mitchells, Lyon & Turnbull and Christie’s

22 March 2023

The latest round up of new faces across the art and antiques sector.

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Stumped about match location in a sporting scene

13 March 2023

Cricket scene could not be clearly identified but approximate date provided strong historical appeal

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Robin’s favoured motif was the owl

13 March 2023

This set of four French gold and ruby buttons, c.1880, modelled as owl heads are thought to be the work of Paul Robin.

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War hospital mag reflected mental and physical scars

27 February 2023

Dating from November 1917, a copy of 'Hydra, the Magazine of Craiglockhart War Hospital of Edinburgh' was sold for a notably higher than expected £7500.

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