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.


A carved sculpture of Christ by Giovanni Antonio Gualterio

Spice of sales life

25 March 2017

Dealers and fairs are embracing the ‘mix it up’ approach to offering a wide range of styles and eras, as noted in our BADA fair preview (ATG No 2282).

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Generating younger buyers

18 March 2017

Attracting new and younger buyers is the thinking behind Tennants’ (18.5% buyer’s premium) modern and contemporary art sales. Held three times a year, the auctions offer art by a range of painters and sculptors at affordable levels to encourage new buyers into the market, while also appealing to established collectors.

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Survey of the scientific sale scene

18 March 2017

Tennants’ (20/18.5/17.5% buyer’s premium) sale of Scientific and Musical Instruments, Cameras and Tools on February 17 included a rare brass altazimuth theodolite, signed by London instrument makers Heath and Wing. Estimated at just £300-400, it sold in its original box together with wooden tripod at £10,000.

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Meccano sets build up interest in Somerset auction

16 March 2017

'The youth of today are stuck inside playing computer games getting square eyes' is a familiar refrain from the old and often grumpy, such as, er, me. However, in the not-so-distant past it was Lego keeping kids fixated indoors and before that, the marvels of Meccano.

Qianlong Republic period Chinese famille rose and grisaille vase

Top selling lots this week on thesaleroom.com

29 July 2016

With summer holidays upon us and no Antiques Trade Gazette being published this week, we take our regular look here at some of the highest selling items and top selling lots on thesaleroom.com

Edith Lawrence linocut Cricket

Grosvenor School collection from artist’s family offered Yorkshire auction

11 July 2016

Tennants are staging a single-owner sale featuring a collection of Grosvenor School prints that come fresh to the market after they were found stored a family home of Edith Lawrence’s (1890-1973) great nephew.

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Totals dip across top provincial salerooms

13 January 2016

Despite some welcome exceptions, 2015 proved a unspectacular year for Britain and Ireland’s regional fine art auctioneers with one in three salerooms experiencing a fall in sales.

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Why it’s all blossoming at Tennants in Leyburn…

10 October 2014

This huge installation created using more than 40 gallons of oil paints will be the centrepiece of the first exhibition to mark the launch of shows by visiting artists to The Garden Rooms at Tennants.

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Leeds flat clearance yields Qing treasure

08 August 2014

There was huge pre-sale interest from the Far East in this Qing jade table screen at the latest fine art sale held by Tennants of Leyburn.

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Matania lots give boost to Yorkshire sale

17 July 2014

Twenty lots comprising works by Anglo-Italian artist Fortunino Matania will be offered at the upcoming fine art sale being held by Tennants of Leyburn, North Yorkshire.

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Nevinson watercolour at fine art sale in Yorkshire

06 March 2014

This picture by CRW Nevinson (1889-1946) is being offered at the Spring Fine Art Sale being held by Tennants in Leyburn, North Yorkshire on March 28-29.

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Tennants’ £8m extension to build three new salerooms

17 June 2013

Work has begun on an £8m expansion at Tennants which will provide three new salerooms.

Legal threat to trade in documents

21 May 2013

A demand from the National Archives for lots to be withdrawn from auction at Tennants of Leyburn could have wider implications for the trade in historical documents.

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Gillows pieces see dealers back in the action

11 April 2013

The spring catalogue sale at Tennants of Leyburn closed with 14 pieces of furniture either by or in the manner of Gillows.

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Yorkshire’s £2.6m toast to Asian series

26 November 2012

The toast of November’s clutch of Asian art sales was not to be found in London or Salisbury but in Leyburn.

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Lalique car mascot wings its way to Tennants

08 November 2012

This Lalique car mascot has been consigned to the Tennants of Leyburn sale on November 16-17 by the great-niece of the chauffeur of the car on which it was originally mounted.

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Blue john urns at £120,000

24 July 2012

This stunning pair of 19th century blue john pedestal urns was the outstanding star at Tennants’ £1.8m summer sale at Leyburn.

Rodney Tennant hands over control of auction business to his three daughters

25 June 2012

A new management structure at Tennants of Leyburn has seen proprietor Rodney Tennant pass the day-to-day running of the business to a fourth generation.

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Vampire kit comes to light

20 June 2012

A 19th century vampire-slaying kit will be just one of the unusual pieces for sale at Tennants on June 22.

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