Yorkshire and the Humber


Tennants will host the ‘Harrogate’ fair

06 September 2021

Auction house Tennants has stepped in to host The Northern Antiques Fair later this month after its usual Harrogate venue was not available.

Pantastic poster on offer at York National Book Fair

06 September 2021

This poster was used in the promotion of the first-ever stage production of Peter Pan.

Quilt given warm reception

06 September 2021

While 19th century American-made needlework quilts can often sell for substantial four and even five-figure sums, it is a rare that an English example brings as much as this one offered at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) on August 21.

Animal magic as Japanese works bring demand at Woolley & Wallis

06 September 2021

This iron model of a hawk above is a striking example of a jizai okimono – lifelike, articulated animal figures popular in the last decades of Edo-period and Meiji Japan.

Auctioneer Alan Blakeman to sell giant pot lid in downsizing of his collection

30 August 2021

Advertising and antique bottle supremo Alan Blakeman of BBR Auctions discovered this massive 18½in (45cm) diameter pot lid back in the early 1980s.

Book fair returns as some turn from New York to old

30 August 2021

According to the Booksellers Association, more than 60 bookshops opened in the UK and Ireland over the past 18 months, reflecting the rediscovery by many people of the pleasure of books during the pandemic despite the increase in online shopping.

Cover star with substance to follow at North Yorkshire summer auction

23 August 2021

Front page pair of £68,000 candelabra headed a varied auction with plenty of highlights

Snuffbox copy has its own charms

23 August 2021

Along with its Summer Fine Art sale, Tennants held a jewellery, watches and silver sale on July 17.

Art Deco pendant and earrings boast impressive provenances and prices

23 August 2021

The central stone to this Art Deco seed pearl and diamond pendant is an elongated cushion-shaped pink sapphire, weighing about 25ct.

Pick of the week: National Library of Wales joins contest for John Dyer archive

16 August 2021

The National Library of Wales was among the successful bidders when an archive relating to the poet and painter John Dyer (1699-1757) emerged for sale in Yorkshire this month.

Receipt reveals original Bassett-Lowke rail sale

16 August 2021

A live-steam Gauge 2 Midland Railway locomotive and tender was the top lot of Tennants’ (20% buyer’s premium) Toys, Models, Collectables and Sporting Sale.

Relic from an airship disaster offered at Spicers

09 August 2021

A small fragment of a significant airship comes up for auction at Spicers in Old Goole, East Yorkshire, to mark a tragic centenary.

Illustrator Ronald Searle's sketches produced in Japanese POW camp sold as part of archive at Tennants

09 August 2021

One of the prisoners to survive the horrors of the Changi camp in the Second World War was an art school dropout who later became a renowned illustrator.

ʻDead Man’s Penny’ awarded to female recipients

09 August 2021

The near ubiquitous ‘Dead Man’s Penny’ of the First World War becomes a rarity should the recipient be female.

French candelabra shine out at summer auction in Yorkshire

26 July 2021

Leading the Summer Fine Sale at Tennants in Leyburn was this pair of French ormolu-mounted, white marble and porphyry candelabra.

PBFA's first live book fair since lockdown to go ahead in Ilkley

26 July 2021

After a succession of virtual fairs, the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) has announced the return of its first live event in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, on July 30-21.

Bob Dylan art stays on track at auction

19 July 2021

Artworks by another legendary musician, Bob Dylan (b.1941), drew decent competition once again at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) this summer.

‘Mouseman’ commissions excel in the salerooms

05 July 2021

Smaller decorative pieces by Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson (1876-1955) continue to excel in the saleroom.

Cutlers' Hall in Sheffield calls for help to recover stolen silver

24 June 2021

A group of silver and silver plate items have been stolen from the Cutlers' Hall in Sheffield and police are seeking information on the incident.

Chinese coffee cups ordered by Joshua Reynolds offered at Tennants

21 June 2021

A pair of Chinese Qianlong Period coffee cups commissioned by portraitist Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-92) are included in Tennants’ Summer Fine Sale on July 16-17.

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