Lee Young

International Director, Asian Arts

Asian Arts




Lee Young is Freeman's International Director of Asian Arts. He specialises in Chinese and Japanese art, ceramics, paintings, works of art and jade.

Lee started as a porter working for Messenger May & Baverstock in Surrey. And after two years moved on to Phillip's auctioneers in Guildford as Saleroom Manager and spent 5 years as part of the team who set up Phillip's Fine Sales in Fine Places. Lee was then promoted to Branch Manager of Phillip's Ringwood saleroom, becoming Phillip's youngest ever Branch Manager.

After a year Lee went in search of a new challenge with Sotheby's in Billingshurst, working as a Senior Cataloguer. After four years he was promoted to Sotheby's new saleroom at Olympia where he worked for a further year.

In 2002 Lee joined Freeman's , as a Vice President before moving back to the UK in 2007 to our sister company join Lyon & Turnbull. Initially as head of our Fine Antique's department, Lee then became Head of our Asian Art department, where he has made several exciting discoveries including most recently a Qianlong marked Blue & White 'Dragon' charger which sold for £427,250, breaking the record for the highest price ever achieved for Chinese ceramic sold in Scotland. He now oversees Asian Arts for both Lyon & Turnbull and Freeman's.

A regular on the BBC Antiques Roadshow and a collaborator on the Miller's Antiques Guides, a member of the Oriental Ceramics Society, and under Lee’s governance Lyon & Turnbull is the most recent auction house to be invited to join Asian Art in London.