The Picture Department has gone from strength to strength in recent years, building a solid national and international client base. Combining a strong academic approach and thorough market research, the department has established itself as one of the leaders in the field outside London.

Key areas and periods covered by the department include: 

Old Master Paintings

19th Century British and European Pictures

Modern British

Contemporary and Post-War Art

Northern Art

Yorkshire Pictures

The department often commands impressive selling rates and achieves outstanding prices, and the specialists’ expertise and experience has helped secure several world record auction prices.

A combination of the department's ethos and Tennants’ unique premises allow the successful presentation and tailored marketing of works to targeted audiences, an approach that has led to notable sales and strong results.

The department handles a diverse range of pictures and prints from the 15th to the 21st century, which are sold throughout the auction calendar. To maximise the potential of consigned pictures and sculpture, they are placed into the most suitable sale. These include: Fine Art Sales, which are held three times a year and showcase the best traditional pictures that the department offers; Country House Sales, which boast traditional pictures redolent of the English Country House, often sourced from the contents of distinguished houses throughout the country; and dedicated Modern and Contemporary Art Sales, which are held three times a year and include a diverse range of paintings, prints and sculpture. Our Antiques and Interiors Sales, held every other week, offer a selection of affordable pictures.

Alongside the regular auction calendar, the picture department handles single owner collections and discreet private treaty sales.

Confidential valuation visits for sale, insurance and probate can be made to your home, and the department can also advise you on all aspects of buying and selling paintings, prints and modern sculpture at auction.

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