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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Traditional festive feel warms sales

10 December 2018

The festive season is upon us. And as art market tradition dictates, this means a generous helping of Old Masters.

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Sotheby's hoping to be big in Japan again with London sale

03 December 2018

For the first time in a decade, Sotheby’s Asian Art in London offering included a designated sale of Japanese art on November 6.

Rosewood chairs

Five lots to watch at auction this week (November 26-December 2, 2018) including royal rosewood chairs and a Shakespeare pendant

26 November 2018

From a spy camera and royal rosewood chairs to a Shakespeare pendant, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Life’s a picnic in Cambridge as Garrard & Co cases come to auction

26 November 2018

Catalogued as a ‘travelling ensemble’ these two oak fitted cases of silver tableware, below, conjure up images of lavish inter-war era picnics.

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More gems from the turn of the century

12 November 2018

Dr Anne Shannon would no doubt have admired these three pieces of turn of the century jewellery sold at UK regional salerooms in recent weeks.

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Saleroom selection: Three works under £650 in regional sales including a George-William Thornley view of Margate

29 October 2018

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £6500 and three upcoming lots offered over the next fortnight, including a painting of Margate by George-William Thornley.

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The wife of a Parliamentarian in portrait form

01 October 2018

A portrait of a young Stuart woman, below, attributed to the Hungarian painter Johannes Priwitzer (fl.1626-35), topped the picture section in a two-day sale at Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) of Cambridge.

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Indo-Portuguese furniture exports shine at auction in the UK

24 September 2018

Two early examples of Indo- Portuguese furniture sold for five-figure sums at auction this month.

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Several sales of the centuries as printed rarities set records

17 September 2018

Real rarities and record breakers are among items that feature in this first of a couple of reviews of more literary lots from the wealth of summer sales. Here the focus is principally on works of the last 200 years or so – and includes such diverse characters as Hugh the Heron and the Invisible Man.

Sarah Siddons silhouette, J Leith, at Cheffins

Single owner portrait silhouette collection amassed for over 40 years stands out at auction in Cambridge

06 September 2018

Portrait silhouettes were all the rage in fashionable English society of the Georgian period but suffered a rapid decline in popularity in Victorian times as photography began to dominate.

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Five Grand Tour collectables coming up at regional auctions next month

31 August 2018

Specimen marble tops, micro-mosaics, plaster intaglios and marble neoclassical sculptures – objects such as these were typical purchases for the Grand Tourists who visited the sights of classical civilization in the 18th and 19th centuries. All regularly appear at auction.

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Sketches and scraps make hit albums

06 August 2018

Two albums of 19th century watercolours and drawings produced unexpected results in summer sales.

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Candlesticks by Coker and Cafe light up sales in Cambridge and Lewes

23 July 2018

Pairs of Georgian candlesticks by the best-known London specialist makers such as William Cafe and Ebenezer Coker continue to sell well enough, as long as condition is acceptable.

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Nelson memorabilia sails into auction for collecting options at various price points

20 July 2018

Whether your budget runs to four figures or a hefty six figures, two lots sold recently show how various price options can be available in a certain collecting market – in this case, Nelson memorabilia.

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Final flicker of a Fulham dealership

02 July 2018

It was the last flickerings of the dynasty which took salvage from the demolition site and put it back into the drawing room.

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All fired up at ‘more affordable’ prices

02 July 2018

Bids of £100 and upwards bought bidders a history of the English hearth and home among the Crowther lots at Cheffins on June 13-14, where 80% of the lower-priced items went to private buyers.

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Devon views are cream of the crop

02 July 2018

British watercolours depicting the beautiful county of Devon and painted during the medium’s golden age drew eager bidding at Cheffins of Cambridge (22.5% buyer’s premium).

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Period portraits and equine oil study

02 July 2018

The latest batch of period portraits to pass through Cheffins featured several from a late-16th century property in Great Chesterford, Essex. Passed by descent, the quartet was led by an attractive English School portrait of Queen Mary I (1516-58), an oil painted on an oval 2ft x 21in (62 x 53cm) canvas.

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Case study: a trip to Paris with Giacometti

25 June 2018

No two jobs are the same for the art shippers offering a bespoke service at the top end.

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Saleroom selection: three artworks under £1000 including a Charles Collins' view of Cornwall

25 June 2018

Three modestly valued works in regional sales, including an oil on canvas of Bude in Cornwall by Charles Collins (1851-1921).

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