Tennants Auctioneers

A family run business


    "We are a family run business with an international reputation. At Tennants, we take pride in combining our knowledge, experience and strong traditional values as we connect buyers and sellers across the globe. As a fourth generation family-run business, based in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, we are extremely proud of both our personal service and our highly skilled and knowledgeable team of specialists."

    Rodney Tennant, Chairman


    Tennants is the UK’s largest family-owned fine art auctioneers, and a market leader with offices in North Yorkshire and London. Established for four generations, Tennants remains a family business with a well-deserved reputation for delivering unrivalled service and results. Twenty-six specialist departments offer an outstanding range and depth of expertise that, combined with the company’s strong traditional values and a personal approach, have won Tennants widespread respect in the international marketplace. Tennants has grown into a company with a global reach, and each year connects buyers and sellers in more than seventy countries.

    As a long-standing family business, Tennants has the knowledge and experience clients can trust, and the company is renowned for consistently high selling rates and for regularly achieving record prices. Tennants hold over eighty sales a year covering all major disciplines, each led by a specialist in their field, which are recognised throughout the country as some of the most significant to be held outside London.

    Combining knowledge, professionalism and a personable approach, Tennants is one of the UK’s most respected auctioneers and the company has built a loyal client base that recognise and share Tennants core values.



    Just some of our history making moments:

    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

    2002: Rodney Tennant was awarded 'Auctioneer of the Year' at the British Antiques and Collectables Awards

    2012: 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

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