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Get your claws into a canine collar

12 February 2018

'Steal me not but let me jog; for I am Mrs Gwynn’s Dog.' For lovers of antique dog collars, collecting examples engraved with an amusing inscription such as this one, or a quirky owner’s name, is all part of the fun.

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The Tennants terriers in traditional country house style

05 February 2018

Traditional ‘country house style’ pictures were in plentiful supply at a two-day sale at Tennants of Leyburn.

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RAF clocks add touch of colour

15 January 2018

Second World War technology starred at Tennants’ (20% buyer’s premium) militaria sale at Leyburn.

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Hey bulldog: Saatchi buy has less sale bite

08 January 2018

Renowned as he is for promoting – indeed, creating – markets in art, advertising mogul Charles Saatchi appears to have over-estimated the taxidermy market when bidding at the sale of the Will Fisher Collection at Christie’s South Kensington in February 2012.

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Coming under fire: antique firearms and ordnance laws

11 December 2017

The protocols around selling antique firearms and ordnance are increasingly strict. We talk to auctioneer Angus Ashworth about the perils that even an ex-army man can face.

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Pavilion consignment provides pleasant surprise

04 December 2017

Selling the contents of historic estates, especially those in the same family for several generations, will often throw up surprises.

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Byron, Boatswain and an auction buy with plenty of bite

04 December 2017

In a category of its own – and bringing one of the highest prices at the Tennants autumn sale – was a brass, tooth-edge dog collar engraved Rt. Honble Lord Byron.

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Malton’s £10,000 miniature marvel

04 December 2017

Topping a recent sale at Boulton & Cooper in Malton, near York was this unusual Georgian miniature elbow chair with shell-carved knees and cresting rail.

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The Tennants sale barometer shows ‘steady’

04 December 2017

If, as generally accepted, the tri-annual fine art sales at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) can be regarded as something of a barometer of the middle market, the outlook following the autumn sale on November 18 appears rather more steady than the Brexit nervousness talked about elsewhere in the economy.

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Five highlights from Tennants’ fine art auction – including a £135,000 Old Master sleeper and Lord Byron’s dog collar

21 November 2017

“Excited and charged” were the words used by Tennants to describe the atmosphere at its latest fine art auction as the North Yorkshire saleroom offered a group of works from Le Pavilion – a nine-bedroom house formerly part of the Shortgrove Estate in Essex.

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An ice price in Yorkshire auction

13 November 2017

British and Irish watercolours piqued the interest of bidders at Tennants’ (18.5% buyer’s premium) Country House sale in Leyburn on October 14.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll ‘n’ Ryedale: Bill Haley gold disc stars at auction

23 October 2017

Back at No 1, 60 years after driving teenagers wild and their parents to despair, Bill Haley’s Rock Around the Clock was the star of Pop and Rock Memorabilia sale at Ryedale Auctions (17.5% buyer’s premium) in Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, on September 29.

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Impressive militaria at auction and a moustache to match

19 October 2017

Apart from having one of the best moustaches you will ever see and a title almost as long as his facial decoration, De Weledg Heer P Lamaison Van Heenvliet put togather an impressive collection of military and related tribal artefacts.

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Bomb alerts triggered off at two auction houses in same week

16 October 2017

Bomb alerts disrupted two separate northern auction houses last week when the alarm was sounded over militaria items included in sales.

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St Ives group artists shine at reopened Tate St Ives and in national auctions

14 October 2017

The picturesque Cornish seaside town of St Ives inspired a generation of now well-known artists and sculptors, most of whom are regular names at auction and in dealerships.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

09 October 2017

A letter billed as one of the most important items of ephemera from the Titanic to be offered at auction will go under the hammer at Henry Aldridge & Son on October 21 in Devizes, Wiltshire.

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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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Galloway Antiques Fairs comes to Duncombe Park

18 September 2017

This c.1780 portrait of a young girl with a pet dog is among the pieces offered at the upcoming Galloway Antiques Fair at Duncombe Park.

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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.

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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.