Tennants Auctioneers: An interior for discerning tastes


With over 100 specialist collectors’ auctions a year, Tennants, the family-run auctioneers in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, is well established as one of the leading auction houses in the country. Recently Hill Cross was selected as a main supplier of interior and exterior furnishings for their new space, The Garden Rooms.


The Garden Rooms is a stunning building, boasting balconies for al-fresco lunching and a feature foyer leading up to the ornately pillared stairwell. The thoughtful interior choices promote an ambience worthy of historic treasures. The rooms have enabled the Tennant’s family to expand their offerings to a further department, cataloguing and saleroom space, as well as museum standard display galleries and theatrical facilities complete with the latest technologies, therefore continuing to grow their international reputation in the art market.


Hill Cross supplied indoor and outdoor dining furniture for the venue, including contract-grade lounge and dining seating all robust in order to caterer for a busy calendar of sale previews, visiting exhibitions, musical and theatrical performances and specialist events – for a niche, discerning clientele.


Due to the al-fresco dining areas and wide, bright, windows, there is a true sense that the Garden rooms bring the outside in. For the dining space, a natural and industrial palette was selected featuring; reclaimed timber table tops, natural wool comfortable upholstered chairs and rustic gunmetal stools finished with wooden seats.


There is a nod, also, to the authenticity to the antique and precious goods which have passed through the auctioneers in he last 40 years, take the Chesterfield’s in the private lounge-bar for instance, bespoke-made by Hill Cross and upholstered in Old English real leather ‘Saddle’ they are truly deep buttoned and finished to perfection providing seating which certainly holds its value. The Duke arm chairs too, which are hand-finished in one of our dedicated Italian-made-to-contract factories, offer a modern variation on the classic wing-back chair and provide a truly relaxing personal space for visitors to the rooms.


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