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.


WEB dambusters document 1.jpg

Rare Dambusters Lancaster bomber flight trials certificate up at auction in North Yorkshire

04 June 2018

The bravery of the Dambusters crews has been marked in this 75th anniversary year by a series of events and at North Yorkshire auction house Tennants this month you have the chance to bid for a rare bit of memorabilia.

Byron Ring Tennants.jpg

Why Lord Byron may have been mad and bad but is great news for auction houses

21 May 2018

Lord Byron was described as ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’ but items connected to the poet and general hellraiser make very welcome consignments for auction houses given the appeal of his name.

img_12-3.jpg

Chinese porcelain has pride of place in Leyburn

30 April 2018

Chinese porcelain resumed its traditional dominance among the Oriental offerings at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) in Leyburn.

img_20-1.jpg

Naming names, Scandinavian style

23 April 2018

Unlike other European jewellers, where designers and makers were often shrouded in anonymity, the Georg Jensen Co promoted its craftspeople and encouraged them to become names in their own right.

img_31-2.jpg

Another Grosvenor tranche in Leyburn

16 April 2018

Modern British art from a variety of movements dominated proceedings at the Spring Fine Art sale held at Tennants (17.5% buyer’s premium).

img_16-1.jpg

Provincial auction houses prosper in spring

09 April 2018

The sort of large-scale, widely varied provincial auction which had Cheffins auctioneer Luke Macdonald enthusing “it was like selling used to be 15 years ago” after his March 7-8 sale at Cambridge (ATG No 2335) is rarer than it used to be, but plainly alive and well and prospering.

img_17-2.jpg

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.

img_18-2.jpg

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).

img_27-3.jpg

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.

img_23-4.jpg

Contemporary artist Kirby’s gender agenda

26 March 2018

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

img_28-5.jpg

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.

img_11-4.jpg

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.

img_54-2.jpg

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.

img_29-4.jpg

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.

img_22-5.jpg

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).

img_13-3.jpg

RAF clocks add touch of colour

15 January 2018

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

img_20-3.jpg

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.

img_18-1.jpg

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.

img_15-4.jpg

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.

img_14-1.jpg

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.

News

Categories