• 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.

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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.

A Fine Fan by Alexandre, c1800


7th December 2018

A fine fan by Alexandre, c1800, is on display ahead of sale. The fan is believed to have belonged to the Infanta Maria de la Paz (1862-1948), daughter of Queen Isabella II of Spain and her husband Francisco. In 1880, the Infanta married her first cousin, Prince Ludwig Ferdinand of Bavaria, a member of the Bavarian Royal House of Wittelsback and a General of Cavalry. Following the marriage, the couple lived outside Munich in the Nymphenburg Palace. The couple visited Paris on their way to Munich, which could be when this fan was purchased.

The double vellum leaf is painted with a charming and amusing scene of a wealthy couple in fine costume taking tea in the garden. The lady reads a letter, whilst younger family members - noting that the gentleman is sleeping - tickle him with a flower to rouse him from slumber. A further group of adults, possibly including clergy, are in discussion to the side and a stream, woodland and fine country house complete the scene. Signed M de Garay in red, the leaf is mounted on carved and pierced blond tortoiseshell sticks. The verso is painted with PAZ underneath a coronet and inscribed 'Alexandre'.

Display Highlights

  • The Fan Sale

    The Fan Sale

    On display are a selection from of The Fan Sale on 7th December. Amongst highlights on display are Royal Fans, including an ostrich feather example which once belonged to Wallis Simpson.

  • A Private Collection of Arms

    A Private Collection of Arms

    Part of a good Private Collection of Arms are on display ahead of the Militaria and Ethnographica Sale on 12th December. Included in the display is a good 18th century Indian Shamshir, with a carved jade hilt, the pommel in the form of a ram's head.  

  • The Roger Casson Collection

    The Roger Casson Collection

    Selected highlights from The Roger Casson Collection, an important library of polar exploration and travel books, which are being sold in a single-owner sale on 10th January.

  • Country House Sale

    Country House Sale

    Highlights of Ceramics coming up for sale in the Country House Sale on 12th January 2019.

  • Archive of a Country Law Firm

    Archive of a Country Law Firm

    Historic maps, legal documents, pictures, estate plans and ephemera from the Archive of a Country Law Firm.  Pearson and Pearson of Kirkby Lonsdale were one of the oldest surviving legal firms in the UK having been founded in 1777.

  • Liverpool Memorabilia

    Liverpool Memorabilia

    A Private Collection of Liverpool FC and other Sporting Memorabilia, to be sold in the Toys, Models, Collectables & Sporting Sale on 28th November.

  • Natural History & Taxidermy

    Natural History & Taxidermy

    A display of Victorian cased birds by the likes of James Hutchings, Thomas Jeffries, Bill Cox of Liverpool and other well-known taxidermists, up for sale on 13th February.

  • Toys, Models & Collectables

    Toys, Models & Collectables

    Highlights of Toys, Models & Collectables coming up for sale on the 28th November; including a rare late variation of a McLean’s Tractor Trailer made with black plastic wheel hubs, displayed alongside an earlier and more common example.

  • Jewellery, Watches & Silver

    Jewellery, Watches & Silver

    Highlights of the Jewellery, Watches & Silver Sale on 1st December - including a collection of silver cow creamers.

  • Royal Crown Derby

    Royal Crown Derby

    A Private Collection of Royal Crown Derby Paperweights, coming up for sale on 15th December in the Antiques & Interiors Sale.