Private Collections

Private Collections

Selling Private Collections at Tennants

Tennants has a long history of handling outstanding private collections and estate sales of all sizes. Each estate or private collection is treated individually, with items either assigned to appropriate Fine Art, Country House or Specialist Sales or the whole collection is offered in a stand-alone sale.

Notable private collection sales have included the American Collector Sale, the P. Lamaison Van Heenvliet Collection of Arms and Armour, Modern Life in Print, the El-Shamy Wine Collection and An Attic Sale: The Final Instalment of the Collections of the late Stanley J. Seeger, The Historical Collection of Natural History and Taxidermy from Hodnet Hall, Shropshire.

Tennants take a highly principled approach to working with all clients and offer impartial advice to collectors with efficiency and discretion.  Valuation and Auction Services are tailored to the individual requirements of each collector, and involvement from the specialists across all our fine art and collectable departments ensures a breadth of knowledge and insight into current market values across the board.


Tennants is the only auctioneers in the UK with the capability to exhibit single items and collections to the public months ahead of sale. The museum-quality display galleries extend across two floors and were built to provide free and ever-changing displays of highlights from the saleroom.

Over the last five years a vast array of art and antiques have been on display, from large private Country House collections to exquisite 18th century costume, vintage toys and rare works of art.  Not only do the galleries offer an exceptional pre-sale marketing tool, but they offer the public a chance to see many fascinating and beautiful objects, each with their own rich history, before they once more return to private collections.


To discuss consigning private collections at Tennants, please contact Jane Tennant.