• Galleries & Displays
THE GALLERIES

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.

CIJ Alfa Romeo P2

LOAN DISPLAY

On View Until 31st May

We are delighted to have been loaned by a private collector this extraordinary collection of CIJ Alfa Romeo P2 tinplate toy cars and related Automobilia for display.

If one were to survey toy collectors to name the ‘Best Toy Ever’ it is a near certainty that the P2 Alfa Romeo would be the runaway winner. It has everything.  Quite apart from its stylish looks and how it evokes the spirit of inter-war Grand Prix racing, as a piece of miniature toy engineering it has few equals. Every detail has been included - bonnet louvres, three filler caps, suspension, external exhaust pipe, working steering wheel, take off wheels and, of course, a powerful spring motor to allow these to actually be raced.

This collection of 20 models is possibly the largest in the country and certainly would hold its own against any in the world.  The most noticeable feature is the variety of colours that the models were produced in. These are the Racing Colours of various nations  - the famous Silver Arrows, Bleu de France, Rosso Corsa, British Racing Green etc. No-one has yet compiled a definitive list of all the variations possible.  Italian Red is naturally the most common, the prototype vehicle being a native to the country.

Display Highlights

  • Modern & Contemporary Art

    Modern & Contemporary Art

    A selection of Modern British Art is on display ahead of the Modern & Contemporary Art Sale on 22nd June, with works by Kyffin Williams, Norman Cornish, Mary Fedden, Sidney Harpley, and Peter Brook

  • Summer Fine Art Sale

    Summer Fine Art Sale

    Furniture, antiques, paintings, jewellery and watches from the forthcoming Summer Fine Art Sale July 2019, including four rare Isnik plates

  • The Housden Collection of Taxidermy

    The Housden Collection of Taxidermy

    Part of an important collection of fine Victorian taxidermy, collected by the late Bruce Housden, including examples by Rowland Ward, Peter Spicer and Henry Ward. The collection will be sold in Natural History Sales throughout 2019, with the first part being sold in the Natural History & Taxidermy Sale on 14th June.

  • A Loan Display of CIJ P2s

    A Loan Display of CIJ P2s

    We are delighted to have been loaned by a Private Collector an exceptional collection of CIJ Alfa Romeo P2 tinplate toy cars and related Automobilia for display. The collection can be viewed in a cabinet in our lower gallery and is a must see for all toy and motoring enthusiasts. On display until 31st May.