Cheffins

Cheffins was founded in 1825 and is a UK firm of valuers, surveyors, property advisers and auctioneers.

The company’s fine art auctioneers and valuers business is based in an office in Cambridge. Its sales include regular antiques and interiors auctions, fine art, art and design, specialist books, maps an prints, an oriental sale and a wine sale.


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The Curwen Studio archive dispersed

10 May 2021

Among the publishing houses that helped put Modern British prints on the map was The Curwen Studio.

Bronze model of an ostrich

Ostrich ruffles feathers at £1.41m

26 April 2021

A bronze sculpture of an ostrich catalogued as from the workshop of Mannerist sculptor Giambologna drew an extraordinary competition in Cambridge.

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Pick of the week: Gainsborough back in dealer’s hands

26 April 2021

A work thought to be one of Thomas Gainsborough’s (1727-88) earliest attempts at oil painting as well as his earliest-known self-portrait was one of a number of lots drawing considerable attention at Cheffins.

Bronze ostrich by ‘workshop of Giambologna’

Bidders go head to head in Cambridge as bronze ostrich sells for £1.41m

22 April 2021

A bronze sculpture of an ostrich catalogued as from the workshop of Mannerist sculptor Giambologna drew an extraordinary competition at Cheffins in Cambridge today.

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Furniture from across the centuries offers contrasting styles to bidders

08 March 2021

Traditional 18th century styles rub shoulders with stand-out Modern design in regional sales

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Rare Royal Navy set shipshapes up to £4600 result

01 March 2021

The latest Interiors sale at Cheffins (24.5% buyer’s premium) in Cambridge included one of the rarest of all the Britains lead soldier sets.

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An L of a good Blackburn group

22 February 2021

The largest contingent of works by British abstract painter John Blackburn (b.1932) ever to come to auction will be offered at Cheffins of Cambridge on February 25.

John Blackburn abstract art

Cambridge’s Kettle’s Yard to sell donated abstract art collection at auction

18 February 2021

The largest contingent of works by British abstract painter John Blackburn (b.1932) ever to come to auction will be offered at Cheffins in Cambridge on February 25.

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Cooper Henderson: years of coaching pay off

15 February 2021

Typical Charles Cooper Henderson coach scene rolls into Cheffins' saleroom

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Olde Worlde charm… from 1847

21 December 2020

Quaintly titled book about Great Yarmouth was one of the varied attractions in Cambridge auction.

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Our pick of 12 pieces of continental porcelain appearing at auction in December

30 November 2020

A special selection of European continental porcelain coming up in UK auctions and abroad.

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Gifts from Queen Victoria: Jewellery presented to god-daughters and family friends in the spotlight at Cheffins

23 November 2020

Gifts from Queen Victoria to two of her god-daughters garnered international attention at Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) in Cambridge.

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Slimline sale in Cheffins still one to remember

09 November 2020

Auctioneer makes his debut on the Cambridge rostrum with reduced but memorable offering

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Movado Calendograf: Warhol was a fan

02 November 2020

This Movado model 14776 triple calendar watch is best known as the Calendograf.

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Rare racehorse pictures given a sporting chance

02 November 2020

Early depictions of some of the most famous racehorses of their day lead the field

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Squirrell catches the eye in Essex and Cambridge auctions

02 November 2020

Leonard Squirrell (1893-1979) is most associated with East Anglia, producing a significant body of rural scenes of Suffolk and Norfolk as well as cityscapes of Norwich and Ipswich.

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Pick of the week: King George I in the running at £125,000

12 October 2020

Paintings by leading British sporting artists went under the hammer for the first time in over 100 years at Cheffins in Cambridge on October 1.

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Collection of restorer and friend to artists Gigi Richter sells in Cambridge

12 October 2020

A collection of pictures and letters by Modern British artists drew solid interest at the latest Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) Art & Design sale in Cambridge.

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Jewels of the Egyptian 12th Dynasty emerge in Cambridge sale

29 June 2020

Archaeological discoveries were a continuous source of inspiration for jewellery in the 19th century. Ancient goldsmithing techniques were studied and relearned. Jewels found during excavations of Roman, Egyptian, Hellenistic and particularly Etruscan sites were copied or reinterpreted.

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Auction houses and dealers hold sales to help Covid-19 NHS charity appeals

09 April 2020

A number of auction houses and dealers are holding sales to raise funds for the under-pressure NHS in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

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