Lady Tennant was once owned by the nineteenth century violinist, Charles Philippe Lafont, contemporary of Niccolò Paganini. After the death of Lafont, the violin was acquired by the London violin dealer W.E. Hill & Sons, who in turn sold it to Sir Charles Clow Tennant. This Scottish businessman presented the violin to his wife, Marguerite Agaranthe Miles Tennant, an amateur violinist, as a gift.
On April 22, 2005, the Lady Tennant sold for a record US$2,032,000 at Christie's auction in New York and was presented on loan to violinist Yang Liu through the auspices of the Stradivari Society of Chicago. In 2009 it was given on loan to Belgian violinist Yossif Ivanov.