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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Bid barometer

20 October 2018

ATG’s selection of auction lots bought by internet bidders on thesaleroom.com from the period October 4-11, 2018. This includes both the highest prices over estimate and the top prices paid online.

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Five top picture lots from Lyon & Turnbull’s Kirkton House auction

18 October 2018

Lyon & Turnbull’s Kirkton House sale offered some notable lots across different categories, not least a prize collection of Pilkington's Lancastrian lustre and a series of valuable bronze sculptures. But the 182 pictures in the consignment also formed a key part of the auction.

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Pick of the week: Pilkington’s pride of place

15 October 2018

A private collection of more than 30 pieces of Pilkington’s Lancastrian lustre excelled when offered at Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium) in Edinburgh on October 10.

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Adding lustre to Pilkington's Lancastrian collection at auction

04 October 2018

The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow spotlight fell upon the Pilkington's Lancastrian factory this week - just days before an important private collection of these Salford-made lustre wares is offered for sale at auction in Scotland.

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Regional rooms to repackage traditional fare

01 October 2018

Two leading regional auction houses – Lyon & Turnbull and Dreweatts – are trying new format sales this autumn in the hope of increasing demand for traditional European art and antiques. Both are creating room sets for viewing works.

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God bless American bidders - Lyon & Turnbull hails return of transatlantic interest in furniture at auction

17 September 2018

Auction house Lyon & Turnbull hails the encouraging return of American interest at its September 5 sale.

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More puppets make their mark as latest lot more than trebles estimate at Edinburgh auction

12 September 2018

Following puppet-maker John Blundall’s entire collection being auctioned at Lyon & Turnbull through a series of sales, another rare puppet set more than trebled its estimate last week.

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Buyers become silver surfers

10 September 2018

UK dealers buying foreign silver, overseas bidders taking British work and generally solid interest for traditional pieces of mid-ranking silver brightened up the normally quieter late summer sales across the country.

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Scotland breaks summer slumber with Edinburgh Mod Brit and contemporary art sales

03 September 2018

August is the month when Scotland takes it up a notch while the rest of the art world has a breather.

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5 key details about this rare Scottish silver ‘argyll’

02 August 2018

A rare George III argyll (or gravy warmer) will be offered at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh this month. Despite the associations with the Dukes of Argyll, only two Scottish silver vessels are recorded.

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Ornithological work that caused a big flap in Edinburgh auction

16 July 2018

One of a collection of ornithological and other natural history works from a country house library offered in an Edinburgh sale was a scarce, complete copy of a work that created a bitter fall-out between author and illustrator.

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Vintage transport posters journey to Lyon & Turnbull exhibition

26 June 2018

Vintage transport posters including scenes of London Tramways are going on sale next month at the London office of Scottish auction house Lyon & Turnbull.

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Provenance is key for Chinese art

28 May 2018

Chinese ceramics tend to dominate Asian sales in the UK, but occasionally other mediums get to share the limelight.

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Bang the drum for furniture

28 May 2018

Once-fashionable drum tables took a big hit during the furniture slump and while the best can do well, others can be picked up cheaply.

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Bird books flock to auctions

14 May 2018

The coming weeks will offer some special, if sometimes very costly, opportunities for bird lovers.

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Oriental lots across the UK give bidders plenty to chew on

30 April 2018

The feast from the east that that has put bread (and some Michelin-starred meals) on the table of dealers and auctioneers for more than a decade continues to do so at sales from Scotland to Surrey.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

30 April 2018

Several decades ago, when China was shut to the Western world, encounters with foreigners were understandably rare.

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Glasgow art school key to stay in Scotland after Edinburgh auction

16 April 2018

In the year of the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s birth, Lyon & Turnbull has sold the very key used to open his design masterpiece, The Glasgow School of Art, in 1899.

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed Glasgow School of Art key to stay in Scotland after it is sold at Edinburgh auction

13 April 2018

In the year of the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s birth, Lyon & Turnbull has sold the very key used to open the artist’s masterpiece The Glasgow School of Art in 1899.

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ATG Letter: Why Defra's ‘de minimis’ provision for antique ivory is ‘extraordinarily impractical’

09 April 2018

MADAM – Defra’s findings outlined in the post-consultation document include an extraordinarily impractical provision for the ‘de minimis’ exemption – requiring registration (with an as yet unspecified fee) of all objects with an ivory content below 10% created before 1947.

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