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 Art Sales

Fine Art Sales are held three times a year, in the Spring, Summer and Autumn, and feature the foremost lots of traditional art, antiques, jewellery and watches consigned to Tennants.

With lots sourced from named estates and private collections, the sale draws buyers from around the world and offers clients the opportunity to buy traditional art and antiques alongside designer watches and jewellery.

Our Fine Art 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.

Modern Living: Art & Design Sales and Modern & Contemporary Art

Introduced in 2018, the Modern Living: Art and Design Sales incorporate  20th Century Design and Modern Interiors. Held three times a year to coincide with the Modern & Contemporary Art Sales the Modern Living Sales offer the best of 20th century and contemporary art and design.

Country House Sales

Country House Sales have gone from strength-to-strength in recent years. The appealing mix of traditional art, antiques, curiosities, period jewellery and vintage watches 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 Art, 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, and An Attic Sale: The Final Installment of the Collections of the late Stanley J. Seeger.