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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How George Romney was riled by prison hardship

15 January 2024

Some of the artist’s most modern and dramatic works were derived from his social concerns

‘English School’ plumbago on vellum portrait miniatures

Pick of the week: Scientist made his living as a painter

18 December 2023

The most remarkable result at Cheffins’ Fine Art Sale in Cambridge was provided by a group of four ‘English School’ plumbago on vellum portrait miniatures.

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Presentation copies with a special touch

04 December 2023

Pictured here are two fine 19th century presentation copies that, unexpectedly, topped sales in South Cerney and Cambridge in October.

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Vivien Gribble worth more than a dabble

27 November 2023

Little-known artist tutored by Cedric Morris comes under the spotlight thanks to her portrait of him

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Grab an almost half Nelson

30 October 2023

Cheffins of Cambridge is offering a marble bust of Lord Nelson, after Franz Thaller (1759-1817) and Matthias Ranson (fl. c.1800).

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Specialists had gone on a Frank Algernon Stewart hunt

23 October 2023

Two watercolours by Frank Algernon Stewart (1877-1945) were among the best performers in a collection of works amassed by two former gallery owners.

Cedric Morris picture

Cedric Morris allegorical work from 1938 comes to auction

16 October 2023

An allegorical bird and flower oil painted by the artist-plantsman Cedric Morris (1889-1982) in the shadow of the Second World War comes to auction this month.

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The Birleys up close and personal

16 October 2023

Group of paintings the artistic couple kept at their beloved manor house find new homes after auction

Ann Forbes

Ann Forbes portraits show natural talent of an artist excluded from formal training

09 October 2023

While the Dundee-born painter Catherine Read (1723-78) is considered the first Scottish women to work as a professional artist, a close second was Ann Forbes (1745-1834).

Sir Oswald Birley portrait

Paintings from Sir Oswald Birley’s manor house to go under the hammer at Cheffins

24 August 2023

A group of 23 works by Sir Oswald Birley and his wife Lady Rhoda Birley which were previously part of their personal collection at their Sussex home will be offered for sale at Cheffins in Cambridge on September 20.

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Racing pics in the running once again

24 July 2023

There was a time when historic racing pictures by a top name might have been priced close to six figures.

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Ivory laws hit Deco prices

17 July 2023

It’s no surprise that prices of Art Deco bronze and ivory figures have fallen sharply since US and UK laws on the sale of elephant ivory were tightened.

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How Vellacott made a clean start

19 June 2023

Fabrics, costumes and theatre set designer turned to painting when her work was destroyed by a bomb

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Brontë works hit saleroom heights

22 May 2023

Works by the three sisters including copies published under pseudonyms come to a Cambridge auction

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Gratitude for ‘zeal and intredipity’ in attacking women and children

15 May 2023

A hero to the establishment in 1819 but a villain to the common man then and to everyone today, William Scholes Withington was back in favour at Cambridge.

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A rural Essex man who loved the city

08 May 2023

'Cattle Market, Braintree' from 1937 is a trademark Edward Bawden image. But it is also the artist’s only pre-war editioned print.

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Turner and Wilkie turn up at auction

01 May 2023

Drawing four phone bidders plus online, a rediscovered early watercolour of Chepstow Castle by JMW Turner (1775-1851) led Cheffins’ latest fine art sale.

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Get your teeth into this royal memorabilia

01 May 2023

A Cambridge auction included a Buckingham Palace note-card scribbled on with pencil drawings by a young Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret.

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Double values: Cedric Morris picture with another work on the back emerges in Cambridge

03 April 2023

Even in relatively strong sectors of the art market like Modern British pictures the twin attractions of market freshness and attainable estimates remain key factors.

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Tapes set Rod Stewart on road to stardom

27 March 2023

Shown here is the original 15ips (inches per second) tape of, by repute, Rod Stewart’s first recording on June 18, 1964, together with a second copy.

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