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Lyon and Turnbull hosts Antiques event for East of Scotland commandery

Twenty-two members and friends of the Order gathered at world-renowned auction house Lyon and Turnbull in Edinburgh for a fundraising social event in their beautifully converted and refurbished church in Broughton Place, Edinburgh.

The auction house visit was followed by a delicious lunch at nearby Asti, an excellent Italian restaurant.

Heralding the preview for the auction house’s international Decorative Arts sale, members of the Order previewed the stunning collection of glass, furniture, pictures and jewellery prior to their auction the following day. A quiz to guess the price estimates of precious furniture and other items proved a puzzler for most. However a clear winner emerged, to much applause.

Before announcing the result of the quiz Lyon and Turnbull’s John Mackie treated us to a talk on some key items in the sale. John explained to us the high value of a very plain late-19th century silver teapot by Christopher Dresser, which was expected to make more than £20,000.

Similarly, a pair of Charles Rennie Mackintosh dining chairs from a Glasgow tearoom was set to go under the hammer at a starting price of £10,000. This drew gasps from the company as we wondered what the final auction prices might reach.

(In the event the chairs sold for £90,000 and the silver teapot for £80,000.)

Neil Rutherford, who organised the event with East of Scotland Commander Peter Rae, was delighted at the turnout. ‘Lyon and Turnbull did us proud,’ he commented. ‘John Mackie really whetted our appetites for the auction once he had explained the rarity of the items going under the hammer. We must thank them for their generous hospitality and special access to the sale items. Our members enjoyed the visit enormously.’

LEFT : A pair of Charles Rennie Mackintosh chairs which raised £90,000 at auction in Lyon and Turnbull’s Decorative Arts sale.


Shirley Muir