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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A Spicer terrier with a tale

02 October 2017

Early to spot the rise of interest in taxidermy, Tennants’ (18.5% buyer’s premium) latest Natural History sale on September 20 was led by a top-quality diorama with a back story adding to its appeal.

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Silver linings and more in uniform treasure trove

18 September 2017

Two aspects of soldiering – a touch of glamour and life at the deadly sharp end – were illustrated in two lots at a Tennants (18.5% buyer’s premium) antiques and militaria sale at Leyburn.

Lamaison Van Heenvliet collection

Dutch civil servant’s tribal art and militaria collection emerges at Yorkshire auction

12 September 2017

The wide and varied militaria and ethnographica collection of the civil servant and financial expert De Weledg. Heer P. Lamaison Van Heenvliet (1857-1941) will be offered later this month at Tennants of Leyburn.

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Brooch with Queen Victoria connections set to glitter in North Yorkshire auction

11 September 2017

This Victorian turquoise and diamond brooch is inscribed verso 'Had Belonged to Dear Grandmamma V. From Mama VR, 14th April 1871'. To Beatrice. It carries an estimate of £3000-5000 at Tennants in Leyburn on November 18.

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Indian summer at new saleroom

11 September 2017

By serendipity rather than design, Dawson’s (20% buyer’s premium) August 26 sale in Maidenhead, Berkshire, included several fine Indian works of art. Just the type of entries appealing to a broad and informed audience that can help put a fledgling saleroom on the map (Dawson’s held its first sale this January).

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Flute carved from policeman’s truncheon attracts buyers in Leyburn

06 September 2017

A flute made from a wooden police truncheon surpassed expectations at Tennants Auctioneers last week.

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The buy of the needle

04 September 2017

Shown here is the central medallion of a patchwork and appliqué quilt believed to have been produced by some patriotic sewer to mark the 1815 marriage of Princess Charlotte, the Prince Regent’s daughter, to Prince Leopold of Saxe- Coburg-Gotha.

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Rare Beatles concert poster from 1963 sells at Tennants for nearly three times estimate

21 August 2017

Back in December 1962, a Yorkshire show promoter booked a new Liverpool band to play at Harrogate’s Royal Hall on the strength of their first record which had charted at No 17 a couple of months earlier.

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Flat cap or bathing suit: take your pick at Tennants

14 August 2017

Southern softness and northern grit were both on display at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) of Leyburn on July 15.

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Two becomes one and life goes on in Leyburn

14 August 2017

Condensed into one day instead of the usual two, the Summer Sale at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) nevertheless provided a bird’s eye view of the middle market which these triannual ‘fine’ auctions at Leyburn traditionally offer.

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Tolkien writes early verses to get into the Hobbit

14 August 2017

Three of the poems featured in A Northern Venture…, a slim collection of verses by members of the Leeds University English School Association published by the Swan Press in 1923, added considerable value to this now rare little work.

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Newark 1646 and the story of English Civil War siege coins at auction

28 July 2017

Poor old Newark. A bit like Belgium and Poland over the centuries, in the English Civil War the English Midlands town ended up in the wrong place in wartime – stuck in the middle - as armies trampled back and forth across it or lay siege. The town’s misfortune is a coin collector’s gain, however, as the lozenge-shaped coins minted in Newark during the conflict have become familiar and fairly common visitors to the salerooms.

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Beatles 1963 concert poster result shows demand for early memorabilia at auction

26 July 2017

Demand for Beatles memorabilia is always high, so for rarities in this collecting field the prices will naturally be hefty.

Tolkien

Early poetry from JRR Tolkien comes to auction in Yorkshire

26 July 2017

A collection of poetry to be sold at Tennants Auctioneers in Yorkshire includes some of the early works of Hobbit author JRR Tolkien.

Norman Cornish pub scene

Busy bar scene by Norman Cornish takes £16,000 in Yorkshire auction

18 July 2017

The second highest ever price at auction for ‘pitman painter’ Norman Cornish (1919-2014) was set at the latest sale held at Tennants in Leyburn, Yorkshire.

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Wimbledon memorabilia served up in North Yorkshire auction

11 July 2017

It’s that time of year again, although Murray and Konta (at the time of writing) are spoiling the now traditional game of ‘how early are the Brits going to crash out of Wimbledon’ and a double win is actually a possibility.

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Amber light means go for it at North Yorkshire sale

30 May 2017

‘Group lots should be viewed’ was the wise recommendation in the catalogue description of this mixed bag offered at Tennants’ (18.5% buyer’s premium) sale of vintage costume, textiles and dolls at Leyburn on May 13.

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Ooh er as whopper collection of saucy seaside postcards comes up at auction

26 May 2017

British summer and bank holiday trips to the coast used to be synonymous with bucket and spade, ice cream stolen by seagulls, greasy fish and chips and… rain. But don’t forget another popular aspect of the golden age of seaside breaks: the saucy postcard.

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Ladybirds at sea and in the air

22 May 2017

Artwork produced for the much-loved ‘Ladybird’ books by the late John Berry (1920-2009) were offered by Tennants (18.5% buyer’s premium) on April 28.

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Single owner collections boost North Yorkshire sale

02 May 2017

Several single-owner collections boosted the total of Tennants’ (20% buyer’s premium) Spring Fine Art Sale in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, on March 25.

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