• Galleries & Displays

An ever-changing array of fascinating art and antiques

Tennants Auctioneers is privileged to handle a diverse range of art, antiques and rare and beautiful objects with a rich history. From large private Country House collections to exquisite 18th century costume, colourful Moorcroft pottery to vintage toys and train sets, we have the opportunity to display many fascinating objects for visitors to enjoy before they once more return to a private collection and away from public sight.

Open seven days a week, the Galleries are free for all to enjoy.

Your Collection

A unique facility

Our state of the art display galleries allow us to showcase your items and collections ahead of sale and to promote the many fascinating, rare and beautiful objects we are privileged to handle.  

To discuss exhibiting your collection ahead of sale at Tennants, please speak to your valuer or specialist.

Display Highlight

Modern & Contemporary Art Sale

6th March 2021

Joash Woodrow (1927-2006)
"Two Men and a Horse"
Oil on board, 78cm by 66cm

Provenance: 108 Fine Art Harrogate, JW203

Estimate: £4,000-6,000 plus buyer's premium

Born in Leeds in 1927 of Polish-Jewish background, Joash Woodrow initially trained at Leeds College of Art after which he served in the army as a cartographer in Egypt 1945-1948. Between 1950-53 he studied drawing and painting at the Royal College of Art, his fellow students being Frank Auerbach, Peter Black and the novelist Len Deighton.

Shortly after graduating Woodrow returned home to Leeds where he continued to paint small scale landscapes and portraits in increasing solitude. His paintings provide an insight into his intensely shy and reclusive character. During Woodrow's years spent living at Allerton Grange Gardens in Leeds, he became an increasingly solitary individual who chose never to discuss or show his work to anyone. In 2000, 772 paintings and 4500 drawings were found at his home after he was moved to sheltered accommodation. Since then solo exhibitions have been held nationwide and his work is held in many public collections throughout the UK. In 2004 his brother Joseph asked why he had painted for so many years without seeking recognition. His reply was 'it gave me so much pleasure'.

Display Highlights

  • A Historic Collection of Taxidermy and Natural History

    A Historic Collection of Taxidermy and Natural History

    Highlights from A Historic Collection of Taxidermy and Natural History from Hodnet Hall, to be sold in a single owner Sale on 15th January.

  • A Private Collection of Motor Vehicles

    A Private Collection of Motor Vehicles

    Two eye catching vintage motorbikes, which are part of a large Private Collection of Vintage Cars and Motorbikes being sold in 2021

  • Modern & Contemporary Art

    Modern & Contemporary Art

    Paintings and prints coming up for sale in the Modern & Contemporary Art Sale on 6th March, including works by Brian 'Braaq' Shields, Joash Woodrow, Philip Naviasky, and William Scott.

  • Sporting Art

    Sporting Art

    Entries are now invited for the next Sporting Art Sale on 9th May. On display are selected highlights already consigned.

  • Mouseman & The Yorkshire Critters

    Mouseman & The Yorkshire Critters

    Part of a Private Collection of Mouseman carvings and furnishings are on display alongside further pieces of Mouseman and other Yorkshire Critters' furniture ahead of their sale in the 20th Century Design Sale on 6th March.

  • The Property of a Gentleman

    The Property of a Gentleman

    Part of the extraordinary Property of a Gentleman Collection is on display in two cabinets ahead of a single owner sale early next year. Taxidermy, paintings and furniture sit alongside unusual works of art and decorative pieces.

  • Costume, Textiles & Accessories

    Costume, Textiles & Accessories

    A selection of handbags and a Private Collection of Liberty Scarves being sold in 2021