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.


Edinburgh rarity clocks in at £36,000

27 September 2021

Edinburgh-made clocks that predate 1700 are rare.

New joiners and returning faces in the art and antiques sector

23 September 2021

A round-up of Movers and Shakers across auction houses in the UK, Europe and US.

Gandhi’s digits make five figures

13 September 2021

One of the more unusual lots that I have encountered in recent times is a piece of card bearing the only known example of Mahatma Gandhi’s fingerprints.

Relics from rare Keith silver to symbols of Jacobite rebellion feature at Edinburgh auction

06 September 2021

The rarest Scottish provincial town marks, known only from spoons and ladles, are those of Stonehaven, Ellon and Keith.

Art Deco pendant and earrings boast impressive provenances and prices

23 August 2021

The central stone to this Art Deco seed pearl and diamond pendant is an elongated cushion-shaped pink sapphire, weighing about 25ct.

Bill Hardie collection among a Celtic quartet of single-owner sales

16 August 2021

Among a glut of upcoming single-owner collections on offer from Scottish and Irish salerooms, Glasgow firm Great Western Auctions will sell items from the estate of curator, dealer and writer William ‘Bill’ Hardie (1941-2021) later this month.

Raeburn at the height of his powers

26 July 2021

Rare market appearance by a Sir Henry Raeburn work heads a special report on recent Scottish highlights

Pick of the week: Philadelphia to Scotland and back again at $3.7m

05 July 2021

Charles Carroll’s printed copy of the Declaration of Independence – discovered earlier this year in a Scottish family home – sold at auction in Philadelphia for $3.7m (£2.85m) plus premium.

Art Market: John William Godward oil is latest in a run of strong prices

28 June 2021

An unusual number of high prices for pictures has been recorded outside London this season.

Breadalbane spoons finally up for sale

14 June 2021

Gavin Campbell (1851-1922), the 7th Earl of Breadalbane, was a prominent society figure and Liberal politician in the Gladstone administration but is best known in collecting circles as the owner of a vast array of silver.

Breakfast service fit for royal visitors makes 10-times estimate in Edinburgh sale

07 June 2021

This huge porcelain breakfast service was made to welcome Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on their first visit to Scotland in 1842.

Four sales prove better by design at Lyon & Turnbull

31 May 2021

Extensive cross-section of design-themed objects offered in Edinburgh and London by same auction house

You can be sure of Shell poster popularity

31 May 2021

Lyon & Turnbull’s Lalique sale had been displayed at the Mall Galleries in London with posters from the Shell Heritage Art Collection as a backdrop.

Rare octagonal Cartier watch and a Victorian poppy picture feature in our pick of five auction highlights

28 May 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Victorian picture featuring poppies that made nearly four-times its low estimate.

A glory of the chivalric age sets an auction record in Scotland

24 May 2021

The Five Centuries sale at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on May 20 included a sensational example of medieval art – a 14th century French gothic ivory casket or coffret.

Fijian bowl with rare form brings fervent interest at Lyon & Turnbull

17 May 2021

This Fijian kava bowl, or daveniyaqona, carved in the form of a shallow figure, would have been used for both the consumption of kava (yaqona – the intoxicating liquor of the pepper plant) by priests during religious rites and to hold sacred oil.

Pick of the week: Symbol of a surprisingly diverse era

10 May 2021

London’s art world between the wars was a surprisingly diverse community.

Exceptional Lalique Ceylan vase stars in our pick of five auction highlights

07 May 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Lalique Ceylan pattern vase described as “simply the best” example of its kind.

Jewell of a vase at Lyon & Turnbull

03 May 2021

Lyon & Turnbull’s May 14 sale in London includes this flambe glazed pear-shaped bottle vase that carries a Qianlong mark and may be of the period.

Be sure to bid if you fancy a Shell poster

19 April 2021

On April 29, Lyon & Turnbull, in partnership with poster specialist Tomkinson Churcher, will present Design on the Move: Selected Posters from the Shell Heritage Art Collection.

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