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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Dedicated design auctions have become a regular part of the regional saleroom calendar

16 March 2020

From relatively modest beginnings, specialist design sales have become mainstream money-spinners at provincial auctions.

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Top of the Lowry prints league

16 March 2020

Limited-edition work showing Salford artist’s famous football scene nets a new high

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £3500 including a Harold Riley limited-edition print

16 March 2020

Three works selling at regional sales below £3500, including a print of 'Lowry Walking on Swinton Moss' by Harold Riley.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for under £2500 including an Edith Lawrence linocut

09 March 2020

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales including an Edith Lawrence linocut.

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Regional market strong despite a year of turmoil

03 February 2020

Business was certainly hard-won but the elite of Britain and Ireland’s regional fine art auction houses enjoyed a largely positive 2019.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Liberty wool cape featured on BBC's Antiques Roadshow

03 February 2020

With estimates from £200-5000 here are five previews of upcoming items this week.

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Portrait miniature marking naval battle bravery sold in Yorkshire

03 February 2020

This early 19th century portrait miniature offered for sale at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) in Leyburn is widely believed to depict the Irish naval officer Sir Henry D’Esterre Darby (1749-1823). To the reverse is a crystal retaining a lock of hair.

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Textiles come to the fore with London Art Fair sales and new exhibition

28 January 2020

Long considered outside the mainstream of art history, textiles have had a boost in London this month.

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Tennants go under starter’s orders for a new sporting art sale

27 January 2020

North Yorkshire saleroom Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) got its inaugural sale of sporting art off to a good start, selling just over £100,000 worth of pictures and sculpture.

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New year temptations: a feast of Poole, Minton, Troika and Border ceramics on the menu

20 January 2020

It was during the Carter, Stabler and Adams period in the 1920s-30s that some of the most memorable Poole wares were produced. Much of this Art Deco range – red earthenwares covered in a white slip and a semi-matt-glaze before decoration in a variety of Jazz Age patterns – was based on the work of chief designer Truda Carter.

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Lewd awakenings in salerooms

20 January 2020

Pocket guide to pleasure stimulates in Staffs and saucy memoir excites bidders in Yorks.

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Silver coffee pots: a selection of hammer highlights

13 January 2020

The typical Georgian silver coffee pot is one of the great bargains of 21st century antiques collecting.

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Australasian artefacts sell at Tennants

06 January 2020

Australasia provided the talking points and two main buyers at the recent Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) specialist sale in the Yorkshire Dales.

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M marks the Mauretania

23 December 2019

Holding for 22 years the Blue Riband for the fastest Atlantic crossing, the great Cunard liner RMS Mauretania is a magical name for collectors of maritime memorabilia.

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Chinese clock winds up in Sussex - plus a round up of the latest auction results for clocks across the UK

23 December 2019

Guangzhou bracket example leads a selection of stand-out timepieces sold in the regions.

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Victorian suffragette artist on song at North Yorkshire auction

09 December 2019

Fewer than 30 works are known by the Victorian artist and noted Suffragette Susan Isabel Dacre (1844-1933).

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Export chairs created from 18th century English design sell well in the modern world

09 December 2019

It’s been a challenging couple of decades for classic English furniture but early winter has witnessed a few stars across the provinces, be it classic English or more exotic overseas material, to offer some gleams of encouragement.

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Positive thoughts in the bleak Van Diemen’s Land

02 December 2019

This rare sampler, just 6in (15cm) across, was completed by a girl from the Queens Orphan School in Van Diemen’s Land (the island of Tasmania) in 1838.

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Twentieth century portraits of notable sitters are all the rage among eager buyers

02 December 2019

A spate of early to mid-20th century portraits of society figures and important personalities generated stiff competition at UK sales in London and the regions.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a rediscovered Paul Nash painting, a tripod table and a rare sampler

18 November 2019

With estimates from £600-70,000, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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