Our Auctions

Our Auctions

Tennants hold more auctions than any other regional auctioneers, holding more than eighty sales a year. With a mix of traditional fine art and antiques sales and specialist collectors’ sales, we are able to ensure that each item is placed into the most appropriate sale to achieve the best price for our vendors and make it easy for buyers to find the perfect lot.

Fine Sales

Fine Sales are held three times a year, in the Spring, Summer and Autumn, and feature the foremost lots of traditional antiques consigned to Tennants. With lots sourced from named estates and private collections, the sale draws buyers from around the world.

Our Fine Sales regularly achieve world record prices. Notable sales include the record breaking £2.6m sale of a Chinese blue and white bottle vase from the reign of Emperor Yongzheng.

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20th Century Design and Modern & Contemporary Art Sales

The 20th Century Design Sales and the Modern and Contemporary Art Sales are held three times a year and offer the best of 20th century and contemporary art and design.

Both sales have developed significantly in recent years and earned a reputation for selling Northern Art and Design. The 20th Century Design Department is the leading specialist in the Yorkshire furniture of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson, and the Modern and Contemporary Department has handled significant works by the likes of L.S. Lowry, Norman Cornish and Brian ‘Braaq’ Shields.

Jewellery, Watches & Silver Sales

Fine Jewellery, Watches and Silver Sales are held three times a year, coinciding with the Fine Sales. They offer the top tier of consignments, focussing on important diamonds, fine period and designer jewellery, the most desirable vintage and modern luxury watches by top makers and fine pieces of period silver.

Also held three times a year are the Jewellery, Watches & Silver Sales, which coincide with the Country House Sales.

Country House Sales

Country House Sales have gone from strength-to-strength in recent years. The appealing mix of traditional antiques and curiosities draws private buyers looking to find unique pieces to furnish their homes.

The sales incorporate the contents of important properties and private collections as well as individually consigned lots redolent of the English Country House. Notable Country House Sales include The Attic Contents from Renishaw Hall, Derbyshire, and Aske Hall and Newby Hall in North Yorkshire.

Specialists Sales

Dedicated Specialist Sales are aimed at collectors and cover a broad range of subjects including books, stamps, coins, toys and textiles. Each sale is headed by a specialist who carefully curates the contents to enable us to achieve the best possible price for collectors’ items at auction.

Antiques and Interior Sales

The popular fortnightly Antiques and Interiors Sales attract a loyal following of regular buyers and they are a regular source of 20th and 21st century collectables. Including a mix of affordable traditional art and antiques, jewellery, watches and more the Antiques and Interiors Sales are a great place for novice buyers to begin their collection. 

Private Collections

Tennants have a long history of handling outstanding private collections and estate sales of all sizes. Each estate or private collection is treated individually, with items either assigned to appropriate Fine, Country House or Specialist Sales or the whole collection is sold in a stand-alone sale.

Notable private collection sales have included the American Collector Sale, the P. Lamaison Van Heenvliet Collection of Arms and Armour, Modern Life in Print, the El-Shamy Wine Collection and An Attic Sale: The Final Instalment of the Collections of the late Stanley J. Seeger.


Tennants is privileged to handle rare, unique and valuable items of fine art and antiques and inevitably many have a historical context which, from the moment they are created or produced is open to continual re-evaluation and re-interpretation. In an ever-changing world, Tennants aims to operate sensible practices which reflect the realities of the fine art and antiques industry, and the changes in social attitudes.


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