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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The two sides of William and Mary

09 April 2018

Two William and Mary side tables, one period and the other catalogued as ‘style’, bringing different results in March.

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Poor passenger pigeon finds a new nest

02 April 2018

With species extermination very much in the news following the death of the world’s last male northern white rhino, there was added poignancy to a cased and stuff bird offered at Summers Place Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).

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Aldine books fly high at auction

26 March 2018

Aldine press books of the early 16th century, mostly it seems in a good but much later full morocco or calf bindings, produced a number of the higher bids in a recent Yorkshire sale.

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Contemporary artist Kirby’s gender agenda

26 March 2018

Contemporary art drew considerable interest at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium).

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Hammer highlights: Furniture stars at regional sales

12 March 2018

On a lesser scale than the exceptional £35,000 George II chairs at Holloway’s sale, but standing out from the general run of brown furniture, were other encouraging results across the country in February.

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Gertrude Bell furnishings on offer at Tennants

26 February 2018

Furnishings that were once part of the family home of Gertrude Bell, one of the most fascinating figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, are coming up at auction at Tennants in North Yorkshire on March 17.

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Get your claws into a canine collar

12 February 2018

'Steal me not but let me jog; for I am Mrs Gwynn’s Dog.' For lovers of antique dog collars, collecting examples engraved with an amusing inscription such as this one, or a quirky owner’s name, is all part of the fun.

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The Tennants terriers in traditional country house style

05 February 2018

Traditional ‘country house style’ pictures were in plentiful supply at a two-day sale at Tennants of Leyburn.

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Selection of arms and armour hammer highlights

29 January 2018

Attributed to the arms manufactory at Ripoll in northern Catalonia, this pair of 18th century miquelet-lock belt pistols (below) proved the surprise lot of the sale held by Italian arms specialist Czerny (20% buyer’s premium) in Sarzana on December 9. In good condition with an overall inlay of pierced and engraved decorative steelwork, they sold for €15,500 (£13,600).

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RAF clocks add touch of colour

15 January 2018

Second World War technology starred at Tennants’ (20% buyer’s premium) militaria sale at Leyburn.

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Hey bulldog: Saatchi buy has less sale bite

08 January 2018

Renowned as he is for promoting – indeed, creating – markets in art, advertising mogul Charles Saatchi appears to have over-estimated the taxidermy market when bidding at the sale of the Will Fisher Collection at Christie’s South Kensington in February 2012.

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The Tennants sale barometer shows ‘steady’

04 December 2017

If, as generally accepted, the tri-annual fine art sales at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) can be regarded as something of a barometer of the middle market, the outlook following the autumn sale on November 18 appears rather more steady than the Brexit nervousness talked about elsewhere in the economy.

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Byron, Boatswain and an auction buy with plenty of bite

04 December 2017

In a category of its own – and bringing one of the highest prices at the Tennants autumn sale – was a brass, tooth-edge dog collar engraved Rt. Honble Lord Byron.

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Pavilion consignment provides pleasant surprise

04 December 2017

Selling the contents of historic estates, especially those in the same family for several generations, will often throw up surprises.

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Five highlights from Tennants’ fine art auction – including a £135,000 Old Master sleeper and Lord Byron’s dog collar

21 November 2017

“Excited and charged” were the words used by Tennants to describe the atmosphere at its latest fine art auction as the North Yorkshire saleroom offered a group of works from Le Pavilion – a nine-bedroom house formerly part of the Shortgrove Estate in Essex.

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An ice price in Yorkshire auction

13 November 2017

British and Irish watercolours piqued the interest of bidders at Tennants’ (18.5% buyer’s premium) Country House sale in Leyburn on October 14.

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The weird, wacky and sometimes wonderful at auction

25 October 2017

“A disgusting object” that may be of “some whimsical interest to an obsessive collector” is how Auberon Waugh described a telescopic ear trumpet as used by his father in his later years. Disgusting he may have regarded it, but far more palatable to auctioneers and dealers are the prices of such objects that collectors are prepared to pay.

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Impressive militaria at auction and a moustache to match

19 October 2017

Apart from having one of the best moustaches you will ever see and a title almost as long as his facial decoration, De Weledg Heer P Lamaison Van Heenvliet put togather an impressive collection of military and related tribal artefacts.

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St Ives group artists shine at reopened Tate St Ives and in national auctions

14 October 2017

The picturesque Cornish seaside town of St Ives inspired a generation of now well-known artists and sculptors, most of whom are regular names at auction and in dealerships.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

09 October 2017

A letter billed as one of the most important items of ephemera from the Titanic to be offered at auction will go under the hammer at Henry Aldridge & Son on October 21 in Devizes, Wiltshire.

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