Art and antiques from Whitby going up for auction

The 18th Century porcelain bowl.
The 18th Century porcelain bowl.

A large collection of art and antiques from a private residence in Whitby has brought to light fascinating objects from the town’s history.

The items up for auction in Tennants’ Antiques and Interiors Sale in Leyburn tomorrow (Mar 4), include an 18th Century Chinese porcelain bowl later inscribed with John Kearsley, Brig Concord of Whitby 1832 and a colourful painted glass float.

Painted with a scene of Runswick Bay, the glass float is inscribed ‘Runswick Lifeboat…Always Ready’ and dates from the early 20th Century.

In addition, there is an engraved glass from Whitby Masonic Lion Lodge No.312, which was founded in 1797.

Also included in the sale is a group of Crested China relating to Whitby, two barometers made in Whitby, commemorative mugs, and a commemorative trowel used to lay the foundation stone for the Congregation Mission Hall, Whitby in 1898.

The collection also includes a good selection of paintings of Whitby and surrounding areas by Staithes artist George Weatherill (1810-1890) – one of Yorkshire’s finest watercolourists.

These paintings, along with other works depicting Whitby, will be up for auction in Tennants’ Spring Fine Art Sale on March 24 and 25, and their Country House Sale on May 5 and 6.

Visit to see a fully illustrated catalogue will be available on our website leading up to the sale.

It is possible to view the items being sold at the antique and interior show at the auction house today, ahead of tomorrow’s sale.