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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Auction house hails ‘incredibly busy and buoyant’ start to the new year

05 February 2024

North Yorkshire saleroom starts 2024 with 2600 lots offered over two weeks in four auctions

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Piper pops up at auction and Lowry lines up for sale

05 February 2024

A couple of works by leading names in the sector gave a boost to Chiswick Auctions’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest Modern British and Irish Art sale.

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Thumbs up to Newton view of Kent Downs

18 December 2023

Up in North Yorkshire, it was a view of a landscape down south that led Tennants’ (24% buyer’s premium) British, European & Sporting Art sale.

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Happy to have got your goat? Yes, three in fact

27 November 2023

In Chinese symbolism, three goats shown together are representative of the New Year, bringing a change of fortune (sanyang kaitai).

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Pilkington’s ceramics provide good starter for North Yorkshire auction

27 November 2023

A 43-lot private collection of Pilkington’s ceramics from Manchester opened Tennants’ (24/22% buyer’s premium) sale of 20th century design held in Leyburn on October 7.

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Pownall enjoys atmosphere of nights out in London

20 November 2023

Atmospheric views of London were the stock-in-trade of George Hyde Pownall (1866-1932).

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Modern and Contemporary art: middle market for 20th century makes a greater impact

06 November 2023

Many 20th century works are selling very healthily at mid-range price points

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‘Shell head’ helped to keep the Free French fighting

30 October 2023

One of the best performers against estimate at Tennants’ (24% buyer’s premium) Militaria & Ethnographica sale on September 20 was a fascinating collection of photographs and ephemera relating to a French Second World War hero.

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John Gould second edition served as fresh helping

30 October 2023

Follow-up edition of a classic avian work was more or less a new publication thanks to extra research

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Making hay while the sun shines: work from a Staithes Group collection

25 September 2023

A dedicated sale of 117 lots from the collection of the late Teesside art dealers and Staithes Group specialists Tom and Rosamund Jordan was held this summer at Tennants (24% buyer’s premium) in North Yorkshire.

New Zealand huia birds in a case

New Zealand birds soar to a new taxidermy high

18 September 2023

A Victorian cased pair of the extinct New Zealand huia sold for £220,000 (plus 24% buyer’s premium) in Tennants’ Natural History and Taxidermy sale.

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Landscape restoration project draws attention in North Yorkshire

18 September 2023

One of the better performing ‘manner of’ pictures of late was a landscape very much in the style of the great French Baroque painter Claude Lorrain (1600-82).

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Forty flock to sell at The Northern Antiques Fair

11 September 2023

As the LAPADA Fair relaunches in the south, The Northern Antiques Fair returns for its third outing at Tennants of Leyburn, North Yorkshire.

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Small cabinet full of decorative appeal

11 September 2023

A highly decorative example of Japanese lacquer provided one of the highlights of Tennants’ (24/20% buyer’s premium) July 15 summer sale.

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Silver groups ride into salerooms

04 September 2023

Three equestrian silver groups made by different London firms over the space of a century took centre stage in three separate sales in July.

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Carry off a smaller clock by maker of Big Ben fame

04 September 2023

Dent and Co is one of the bestknown names in English horology with a long history of precision clock and watch making.

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Belperron brooch blossoms at Yorkshire auction

04 September 2023

A chalcedony, sapphire and diamond flower brooch by Suzanne Belperron (1900-83) was included in Tennants’ (24% buyer’s premium) Fine Jewellery, Watches and Silver sale on July 15.

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Evelyn De Morgan goes for gold using unusual medium

21 August 2023

Trial run for a full worked-up version counts as a highly sought-after picture in its own right

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Buyer takes slice of the pie crust table top

21 August 2023

An 18th century acanthus carved mahogany tripod table with pie-crust tilt top was one of the sought-after pieces of furniture at Tennants (24/20% buyer’s premium).

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Monk has a beer – no wonder he’s merry

07 August 2023

Stand-out original among the 76 pieces from Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson’s workshops offered at Tennants’ (22% buyer’s premium) 20th Century Design auction was a carved oak monk sold with its working drawing.

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