Lyon & Turnbull (Auctioneer and Valuer)



2015-06-26 10:38:03

Lyon & Turnbull is Scotland's oldest firm of auctioneers, established in Edinburgh in 1826.

The company has become the fastest growing auction house in the UK, with offices and representatives throughout the country. In 2006 the company opened their London gallery, and 2008 saw the inaugural London sale, when The Deloitte Art Collection was auctioned in the Royal Academy of Arts.

Lyon & Turnbull is also recognised on an international stage, setting world record prices for British and continental paintings along with outstanding results in other areas, such as jewellery, silver, furniture, ceramics,books and decorative arts.

In 2000 the company formed a marketing alliance with Freeman's auction house in Philadelphia. Both companies strive to employ the latest marketing techniques and share their expertise, demonstrated most notably through their cooperation in selling works of art in the most advantageous venue, leading to some exceptional prices in recent years.

Valuation services

The company is also one of the leading valuations specialists in the U.K. They are the recommended valuers for several leading insurance companies and brokers, as well as being frequently used by lawyers and other fiduciaries throughout the country.

They provide comprehensive appraisals including full valuations and walk-through validations for insurance purposes, and advice with inheritance tax and capital gains tax planning.


Asian Works of Art

Campbell Armour - Department director

Asian ceramics and works of art are sold in specialist sections in the company’s quarterly Fine Antiques sales. More affordable pieces are also included in their four Seasonal antiques sales. These principally include Chinese and Japanese items, but can also encompass various works of art from Turkey to Polynesia.

Books, Manuscripts & Photographs

Simon Vickers - Department director

The department holds three specialised sales per year, focusing on rare books, manuscripts, antiquarian maps and photographs.

Ceramics & Glass

Campbell Armour - Department director

Antique ceramics and glass are sold in specialist sections in the quarterly Fine Antiques sales, and typically include items of Scottish, English and Continental porcelain, pottery and glass.

Decorative Arts & Design

John Mackie - Department director

Lyon & Turnbull have one of the largest Decorative Arts and Design departments outside London. The department conducts two sales per year, featuring works of art, ceramics, glass, furniture and design from 1860 to the present day. They encompass all the major design movements from the English Aesthetic and Arts & Crafts movements of the late 19th century, through Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Modernism in the early 20th century, to more contemporary design.

Furniture, Works of Art & Clocks

Lee Young - Department director

The company currently holds four Fine Antiques and four Antiques sales, spread throughout the year, and offer a wide variety of goods for sale from early furniture to more esoteric curios.

Jewellery & Watches

Trevor Kyle - Department director

Lyon & Turnbull’s Jewellery and Watch Department holds two Fine Sales a year, in the early Summer and just before Christmas, as well as three regular specialist auctions throughout the year selling a wide variety of both antique and modern jewellery.

Paintings & Prints

Nick Curnow - Department director

The Paintings Department holds eight regular sales per year, featuring a wide range of works from Old Master paintings and drawings to contemporary work by leading international artists. Their Fine Paintings sales are held in May and November, along with two Modern and Contemporary sales in the spring and autumn. In addition they conduct four Seasonal sales which provide a range of more affordable works by British and Continental artists.

Rugs & Carpets

Gavin Strang - Department director

Each of the company’s antiques sales have a section dedicated to rugs and carpets , with the best examples being offered in a quarterly Fine Antiques Sales. Some pieces are also included within House Sales and Collections.

Silver & Objects of Vertu

Trevor Kyle - Department director

Lyon & Turnbull’s Silver and Coin Department holds two Fine Sales a year, in the early Summer and just before Christmas, as well as three regular specialist auctions throughout the year including a variety of antique and modern silver as well as plated, foreign and Scottish provincial wares. They also conduct an annual sale devoted to Scottish Silver.

Sporting & Arms and Armour

John Batty – Specialist consultant

Arms & Armour are sold as a specialist section within the quarterly Fine Antiques sales. The company also sell a variety of other sporting items, ranging from golfing to fishing.

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