History

History

2018

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The London Office is opened

2014

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An American Collector

The first major sale held in The Garden Rooms, an important American collection of art and antiques

2014

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The Garden Rooms at Tennants was opened

A 40,000 sq ft extension to The Auction Centre, housing galleries, auction and event spaces, a restaurant and a cafe

2012

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The £2.6m Vase

A Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Bottle Vase, bearing the six-character mark of Yongzheng sold for £2.6m - the first individual lot to make over £1m

2012

A new board of Directors

A team of new directors was appointed; Rodney Tennant's daughters Caroline, Alison and Jane were brought on board, along with Jeremy Pattison as Managing Director and Audrey Fall as Finance Director

2005

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The Kenneth Whitehead Deer Collection Sale

2002

Rodney Tennant was awarded 'Auctioneer of the Year' at the British Antiques and Collectables Awards

1995

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The first regional office was opened in Harrogate

1994

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The Aske Hall Sale

Held over three days on site at Aske Hall, North Yorkshire

1993

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The Auction Centre, Leyburn, was opened

The new 40,000 sq ft salerooms and head office was opened by Sir John Harvey-Jones

1991

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The last sale was held in the Middleham Salerooms

1990

The first £1m sale was held in Richmond, the contents of Otterington Hall

1987

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The Water Park Sale

Selected contents of Water Park, Cumbria was sold on site over two days

1988

Tennants of Yorkshire Antique and Fine Art Auctioneers Ltd. was formed

The estate agency side of the business was sold, and a new company formed focussing solely on art and antiques

1985

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The Newby Hall Sale

Selected contents of Newby Hall, North Yorkshire were sold on site over the course of three days

1977

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The Richmond Saleroom was opened

Specialist and Fine Art Sales were held in the salerooms opened in an old Methodist Chapel

1976

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Rodney joins the business, running the salerooms

A new company J.E. & R.M. Tennants Ltd was formed

1975

The first Catalogue Sale was held

1972

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Regular Saturday auctions were held in the Grain Store in Middleham

1971

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John. E. Tennant Chartered Auctioneer and Estate Agent was established in Leyburn

1947

Rodney Tennant was born

Rodney worked at Sotheby's for three years in the late 60s, training under Senior Director A. J. B. Kiddell, and got his taste for international auctions

1945

John Tennant was born

John studied Property and Auctioneering at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. He went on to establish his own estate agency in the late 60s, and auctioneered for both his father and for Thirsk Auction Mart

1912

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Edmund Slinger Tennant Junior was born (pictured as a baby)

The younger Edmund Tennant took over his father's business, expanding and venturing into auctioneering

1876

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Edmund Slinger Tennant was born

Edmund was a stonemason, grocer and agricultural merchant in Middleham, near Leyburn