Tennants

Tennants are a family-run auction house based in Leyburn, North Yorkshire with offices in Harrogate and Oakham and representatives across the region. 

The major expansion to their premises in 2014 means they now have three purpose-built salerooms as well as catering, conference and events facilities.

Along with weekly general sales, they also have a regular calendar of specialist sales across different collecting fields.


Belt buckle

Five items to watch at auctions this week including a René Lalique belt buckle featured on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow

12 November 2018

From a René Lalique belt buckle featured on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow in April to a vase celebrating George III’s recovery from illness, here are five highlights from upcoming sales this week.

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Chinese selection: from brooch to sword breakers

22 October 2018

Chinese material beyond the headlining world of porcelain continues to boost totals across the UK’s salerooms, occasionally eclipsing estimates.

‘Big Top’ lots: Four circus-related collectables up for sale this autumn

16 October 2018

It is not often that you get the chance to bid for your very own circus. But auction house Roseberys is offering just that. A handmade model of a circus is among the remarkable circus-related items up at auction this autumn. Here ATG selects four highlights.

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Rare Indian Army photos march into saleroom

08 October 2018

Types of the Indian Army… of 1897 is a photographically illustrated oblong folio work from which the mounted carbon print shown below, one of 60 in all, is taken.

Russian porcelain figures

Russian porcelain figures taken to 300-times estimate at Tennants’ auction

21 September 2018

A major competition came for a set of Russian porcelain figures at Tennants’ Country House sale in Leyburn, North Yorkshire today.

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Sumptuous quilt, sampler and silk robe add sale colour

10 September 2018

The product of child labour – but conscious-clear purchases for bidders – provided two of the top lots at a specialist textiles and costume sale at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) of North Yorkshire.

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Private collections offer classic British art pottery at North Yorkshire saleroom Tennants

28 August 2018

Two extensive private collections of pottery coming up at a North Yorkshire auction will offer the chance to buy items produced by classic British manufacturers with designs by some of the best-known names in that field.

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Buttons up at the Bleasdales sale

27 August 2018

‘More affordable’ Lucie Rie lots head a selection of hammer highlights from summer sales.

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Bird brains: saleroom sells large African taxidermy dioramas

13 August 2018

As both a collecting and a decorating sphere, taxidermy is one of the major growth areas over the past decade.

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Priestman river flows to new high

13 August 2018

Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) of Leyburn claimed a new auction record for Bertram Priestman (1868-1951) when it sold a painting of an extensive river landscape by the local artist.

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Trade buyers shine in a heatwave

13 August 2018

Private bidders were overtaken as dealers found warmth in the best traditional furniture and chattels offered at auction.

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Saleroom selection: Dales and Cotswolds highlights

13 August 2018

A selection of highlights from the Chorley's auction on July 24-25 and the Tennants sale on July 21 (also see main Auction Reports story this edition).

Lord Byron ring

Lord Byron memorial ring fetches £9200 at Yorkshire auction

25 July 2018

A gold and enamel ring made in memory of Lord Byron after his death in 1824 drew solid bidding at Tennants’ latest fine art sale in Leyburn, North Yorkshire.

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Not quite all his own work?

09 July 2018

An early 17th century work on …the Whole Practise of Artillery made a record sum in sale held by Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) of Leyburn.

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American pouch returns home

02 July 2018

Pitched at £100-150, a small North American Native woven pouch attracted interest from London, Continental and US specialists at Tennants’ (23% buyer’s premium) Militaria & Ethnographica offering at Leyburn.

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Salerooms set sights on more capital gains

18 June 2018

A trio of auctioneers have announced plans for further expansion into the London market. Joined by specialists in new disciplines, The Pedestal has plans for a London sale, Tennants has taken offices in the capital while Chiswick Auctions is hiring more staff.

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A welcome breeze for fans of fans

18 June 2018

Two notable single-owner collections, augmented by items from the round of Oriental art sales, made spring a bumper crop in the specialist world of fans.

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Life on the open road with Cuneo

18 June 2018

“The open road, the dusty highway, the heath, the common, the hedgerows, the rolling downs!”

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Very rare 17th century English doll turns heads to sell for £9500 at North Yorkshire auction

08 June 2018

Despite having lost a hand and suffering minor wear and chips to her chin, not to mention being just 5.5in (14cm) high, a doll caused a considerable stir at auction with six phone lines and internet bidders all desperate to succeed.

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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.

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