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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Cover star with substance to follow at North Yorkshire summer auction

23 August 2021

Front page pair of £68,000 candelabra headed a varied auction with plenty of highlights

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Snuffbox copy has its own charms

23 August 2021

Along with its Summer Fine Art sale, Tennants held a jewellery, watches and silver sale on July 17.

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Early Mary Fedden works gaining greater focus from bidders

16 August 2021

Pre-1950s Mary Fedden works are stylistically different to her later still-lifes and coastal subjects

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Receipt reveals original Bassett-Lowke rail sale

16 August 2021

A live-steam Gauge 2 Midland Railway locomotive and tender was the top lot of Tennants’ (20% buyer’s premium) Toys, Models, Collectables and Sporting Sale.

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Illustrator Ronald Searle's sketches produced in Japanese POW camp sold as part of archive at Tennants

09 August 2021

One of the prisoners to survive the horrors of the Changi camp in the Second World War was an art school dropout who later became a renowned illustrator.

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ʻDead Man’s Penny’ awarded to female recipients

09 August 2021

The near ubiquitous ‘Dead Man’s Penny’ of the First World War becomes a rarity should the recipient be female.

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French candelabra shine out at summer auction in Yorkshire

26 July 2021

Leading the Summer Fine Sale at Tennants in Leyburn was this pair of French ormolu-mounted, white marble and porphyry candelabra.

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Bob Dylan art stays on track at auction

19 July 2021

Artworks by another legendary musician, Bob Dylan (b.1941), drew decent competition once again at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) this summer.

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‘Mouseman’ commissions excel in the salerooms

05 July 2021

Smaller decorative pieces by Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson (1876-1955) continue to excel in the saleroom.

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Archaeological revival jewellery comes to summer auctions

28 June 2021

These two fine examples of archaeological revival gold jewellery come for sale in the regions in July.

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Mouseman powder bowl stars in our pick of five auction highlights

25 June 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes one of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson’s smaller decorative pieces that made over three-times estimate in Yorkshire.

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Chinese coffee cups ordered by Joshua Reynolds offered at Tennants

21 June 2021

A pair of Chinese Qianlong Period coffee cups commissioned by portraitist Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-92) are included in Tennants’ Summer Fine Sale on July 16-17.

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Georgian silver jug quadruples estimate in North Yorkshire auction

14 June 2021

Beer jug or wine jug? The expect purpose of Georgian silver pear-shaped jugs is sometimes unclear.

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A ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Omega brings £9000

14 June 2021

Tennants’ recent sale of Jewellery, Watches & Silver included, at a top-estimate £9000, a rare Omega aviator’s watch.

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Samplers make a string of positive auctions results

17 May 2021

Estimated at just £80-150, a Queen Anne or George I period needlework sampler sold for £10,000 via thesaleroom.com at Lawrences (25% buyer’s premium) of Crewkerne.

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Learning the market for Grosvenor School

10 May 2021

The linocuts produced by artists from the Grosvenor School in London, which ran from 1925-40, have been one of the liveliest areas of the Modern British prints market in the last 15-20 years.

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New faces at Tennants and in Bonhams Motoring team

27 April 2021

New valuers at Tennants are among the latest news across the world of art and antiques.

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A very worthwhile exercise in auction value

12 April 2021

Manuscript demonstrating young lady’s educational achievements sells for £35,000

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The £15,000 delft puzzle solved

12 April 2021

This particular form of English delft puzzle jug, with its distinctive knopped neck, seems to be peculiar to the second half of the 17th century.

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Sister act – Augustus John portraits

12 April 2021

Depiction of one McNeill sister sets a record while portrait of her sibling also appears at another auction

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