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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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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Fans coveted in Yorkshire and Guernsey

11 November 2019

The impact of institutions on the collector-dominated market in fans was witnessed when the best-seller at a dedicated Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) auction went to a museum.

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Spotlight on the design process

04 November 2019

Ceramics, furniture, glass and figure highlights from a range of sales under same banner.

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‘Father of Parole’ outlines his views on penal reform

14 October 2019

One exceptional and very successful lot in a recent Yorkshire sale focused on penal reforms on the far side of the world.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including an Edwardian gadget walking cane, studio pottery and Eames chairs

07 October 2019

With estimates from £250-12,000, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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Captain Cook connection

07 October 2019

This Resolution and Adventure medal is one of 2000 that were commissioned by the British Admiralty ahead of James Cook’s Second Voyage.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including an Arctic sledge flag, a Royal Academician’s cup and a model train

23 September 2019

With estimates from £800-6000, here are five previews of upcoming sales this week.

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British livery boosts appeal of early German locomotive

26 August 2019

The name Marklin always suggested an O gauge loco and tender offered at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) would find a buyer against a £200-300 estimate but there was a considerably greater head of steam when international collectors looked closer.

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Tennants appoints new silver specialist

26 August 2019

Jeffrey Lassaline has joined Tennants as silver and objects of vertu specialist.

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Doulton bear

Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Doulton brown bear, an oak chest and a Greek bronze helmet

05 August 2019

With estimates from £150-50,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

Georgian mahogany bookcase

Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Georgian bookcase, Victorian brooch and a portrait of a poet

22 July 2019

With estimates from £200-8000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Regions enjoy the fruits of solid English oak

22 July 2019

A 17th century oak panel marking the rebuilding of one of the best-known dwellings on the Chester Rows sold at auction last week for £4600.

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Hidden depths to the market for military diving watches

22 July 2019

A cache of military diving watches sold in Hampshire and a £125,000 Daytona spotlight the thriving market for vintage mechanical ‘tool’ watches.

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‘Synchronise your watches’ for a £3200 Weems

22 July 2019

On January 4, 1940, the London subsidiary of the Omega Watch Co received an urgent order from the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company for 2000 watches intended for Royal Air Force crews. Delivery was to be made by March 10, 1940.

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