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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Kafka comes in at record sum

04 February 2019

On January 10, Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) sold a single-owner collection of polar and other travel books – reported in ATG No 2376 – but the Christmas/New Year period was a busy one overall for the North Yorkshire auction house.

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Siamese sword in Japanese style points to £42,000 price

28 January 2019

Exotic blades from all parts of the world are making headlines in the salerooms. Recent auctions have produced some interesting results from unlooked-for places, but none was less expected than the £42,000 paid for a 19th century Siamese niello and silver-gilt mounted sword in the Japanese taste at Thomas Del Mar (24% buyer’s premium) in London on December 5.

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Famous battles boost auction fortunes

28 January 2019

Many weapons have to remain silent witnesses to the conflicts in which they took part, so there is always extra interest in arms which can be linked directly to a particular soldier or battle.

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Seven fabulous gadgets and machines to buy at auction

25 January 2019

Contraptions from the past can be fascinating, whether designed to save time or entertain.

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Marchant ring at 195-times top estimate

21 January 2019

Estimated at just £150-200, a sardonyx cameo ring sold to a dealer for £39,000 (plus 20% buyer’s premium) at auction.

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Polar library built by an architect gets warm reception at Leyburn auction

21 January 2019

Arctic and Antarctic exploration was the main theme of a library assembled over many years by architect Roger Casson (1943-2016).

Penguin egg

Are Polar exploration memorabilia auctions like buses? You could be waiting for ages for one and then three come along at once.

30 December 2018

From a penguin egg to a menu of penguin patties, January sees significant items relating to Polar exploration offered at sales at Golding Young & Mawer, Stroud Auctions and Tennants Auctioneers.

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Hat pins hit the spot at auction

21 December 2018

High-priced luxury handbags and other luxury goods made the most money at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) sale of Costume, Accessories and Textiles at Leyburn but collectors’ interest was more focused on a private collection of hat pins.

Eric Ravilious for Wedgwood bowl

Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Marx Brothers photo and a Eric Ravilious bowl

17 December 2018

With estimates from £200-£2000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Lecturer’s delftware is talk of the saleroom

17 December 2018

Very much a buyer’s market these days, English ceramics in their various forms are affordable to collectors on modest budgets.

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Auction lot reveals the marketing genius of early garden design entrepreneur Humphry Repton

14 December 2018

Long before the world became obsessed by marketing, branding and PR, garden designer Humphry Repton was way ahead of the game.

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‘New high’ for Hornby Dublo

10 December 2018

A toy engine offered at North Yorkshire saleroom Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) sold for what is thought to be a new world record for a Hornby Dublo locomotive.

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Auctioneers put names to faces to boost value

10 December 2018

Identifying the sitters of the past is one of the biggest drivers of value when it comes to selling traditional portraits on the secondary market.

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Pick of the Week: Lalique buckle is auction belter at Tennants

26 November 2018

An unusual belt buckle by the Parisian jeweller and glass maker René Lalique which had been worn by the vendor throughout her nursing career has sold for £19,000 at a North Yorkshire auction.

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Prints lead northern rising

19 November 2018

Prints by Modern British artists are often touted as an affordable way-in for collectors on a budget, but it seems this is not always the case for northern powerhouse LS Lowry (1887-1976).

Belt buckle

Five items to watch at auctions this week including a René Lalique belt buckle featured on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow

12 November 2018

From a René Lalique belt buckle featured on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow in April to a vase celebrating George III’s recovery from illness, here are five highlights from upcoming sales this week.

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Chinese selection: from brooch to sword breakers

22 October 2018

Chinese material beyond the headlining world of porcelain continues to boost totals across the UK’s salerooms, occasionally eclipsing estimates.

‘Big Top’ lots: Four circus-related collectables up for sale this autumn

16 October 2018

It is not often that you get the chance to bid for your very own circus. But auction house Roseberys is offering just that. A handmade model of a circus is among the remarkable circus-related items up at auction this autumn. Here ATG selects four highlights.

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Rare Indian Army photos march into saleroom

08 October 2018

Types of the Indian Army… of 1897 is a photographically illustrated oblong folio work from which the mounted carbon print shown below, one of 60 in all, is taken.

Russian porcelain figures

Russian porcelain figures taken to 300-times estimate at Tennants’ auction

21 September 2018

A major competition came for a set of Russian porcelain figures at Tennants’ Country House sale in Leyburn, North Yorkshire today.

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