Tennants

Tennants is a longstanding family-run auction house with a saleroom in Leyburn, North Yorkshire and offices in Harrogate and London. It also has representatives across the country.

The major expansion to its Leyburn premises in 2014 means that, in addition to its purpose-built salerooms, it also has catering, conference and events facilities.

Tennants’ sale calendar includes Fine Art Sales, Country House Sales, Modern Art and Interiors Sales, fortnightly Antiques and Interiors Sales, and other specialist sales in a range of collecting fields.


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Lowry looks out for a simple seascape

03 October 2022

From the early 1940s, LS Lowry (1887-1976) embarked on a series of large-scale canvases far removed from his familiar bustling industrial streets scenes. They depicted nothing but sea and sky.

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Flamboyant mirror frames make over 20-times estimate in Yorkshire

03 October 2022

Complex cartouche-shaped marginal wall mirrors from the early 18th century are notably rarer than arched or rectangular examples.

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Design post-1860: Crane made Maw vase designs

03 October 2022

The Shropshire pottery, Maw & Co of Jackfield, is best known for the mass production of earthenware tiles and architectural ceramics.

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Bidders track railway model maker Beeson

26 September 2022

Revered in the world of railway modelling, the name James Stanley Beeson (1906-90), better known as Stan Beeson, attracted well-heeled collectors and specialist dealers to Tennants’ (22% buyer’s premium) sale on July 27.

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Library gets to the root of agriculture

12 September 2022

Assembled over five decades by private collector Martin Burtt, The Glaisdale Agricultural Library on offer at North Yorkshire saleroom Tennants on September 30 includes volumes by the great agricultural writers of the 16th to 19th centuries.

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Tablecloth and napkins believed to be with royal approval

12 September 2022

The latest sale of Costume, Accessories & Textiles at Tennants (22% buyer’s premium) in Leyburn included an unusual example of early 20th century Irish linen: a white damask tablecloth and napkins made around the time of the coronation of George V in 1910.

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Brontë family link boosts silver jug result

05 September 2022

Tennants’ (20% buyer’s premium) summer silver sale included a Victorian jug by Robert Hennell with Brontë family connections.

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Private buyer picks up a Pelican at auction

29 August 2022

Marks painting was also one of the highlights at auction where La Thangue sold at six figures

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Leopard bites back at unlucky hunter

29 August 2022

Hot on the heels of Christie’s offering a collection of more than 80 18th century Battersea and Bilston enamels formed by interwar connoisseur Nellie Ionides (part of the May 27 auction of items from the estate of Lord and Lady Swaythling), Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) featured a smaller selection of similar wares across two sales in the summer.

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I’ll definitely swap for a Billy Meredith…

22 August 2022

The appetite for early Manchester United memorabilia is strong – even for a player who started out at their arch-rivals

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Tumbler to be taken on the last campaigns

15 August 2022

This glass tumbler, pictured below, engraved with a crowned 'N' over a band of diamond cutting, contained in a tooled leather cylindrical travelling case, is of a type that accompanied Napoleon on campaign.

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Textiles with aristocratic connections including to Mountbatten offered in North Yorkshire auction

13 August 2022

The Costume, Accessories & Textiles Sale at Tennants on August 20 will feature a range of textiles with provenance from three aristocratic households.

In a Ligurian Garden

La Thangue rediscovery bears fruit at auction

25 July 2022

In a Ligurian Garden, a previously missing exhibition work by the British Impressionist Henry Herbert La Thangue (1859-1929), sold for £180,000 (plus buyer’s premium) in the British, European and Sporting Art Sale at Tennants in Leyburn.

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How Stan Dodds breathed life into carving

25 July 2022

Three lots at Tennants’ (22% buyer’s premium) traced the history of Stan Dodds (1928-2012) – the first and foremost of the Critters.

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Buyers bag onion form bottles

25 July 2022

This sealed and dated onion in olive green glass, below, comes with a handwritten scrap of paper inscribed 'George found [this bottle] when he dived into the Thames at Windsor'. The seal reads 'S Slater 1710'.

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Watches: Sherpas on the rise

18 July 2022

ATG reports on the market for the Enicar series of watches that were taken to Everest

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Victorian diamond and pearl brooch emerges at Tennants

04 July 2022

Tennants’ Fine Jewellery, Watches and Silver sale in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, on July 16 numbers 120 lots.

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News in brief – including the auction of an Antiques Roadshow specialist’s extensive collection

27 June 2022

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including the sale of ceramics and collector’s curiosities from David Battie's collection at Tennants.

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Grodnertal earrings add shine

20 June 2022

An early 19th century German Grodnertal doll sold for £2500 (estimate £600-800) in Tennants’ (22% buyers premium) Costume, Accessories and Textiles Sale on May 28.

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Gravesend: three miles beyond Jamaica

20 June 2022

Bid to £4000 – 10 times low estimate – in a May 18 sale held by Tennants (22% buyer’s premium) of Leyburn were two albums of what were defined as grotesque-style caricature portraits.

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