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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Venetian travel poster, diamond clutch bag and a puffin painting – four auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

09 August 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a Venetian travel poster of a gondolier, a diamond evening clutch bag and a painting of a lady with a puffin.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Chinese bowl, a postcard from DH Lawrence and a Charles II Scottish silver cup

29 July 2019

With estimates from £200-30,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Burne-Jones sketches head to Delaware museum via Cambridge

17 June 2019

Two studies by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones for his 1868 oil Hymenaeus will soon be reunited with the finished painting.

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Portrait of Augustus John’s painterly daughter brings bidding in Cambridge

17 June 2019

A portrait by Augustus John (1878-1961) of his daughter Gwyneth Johnstone attracted keen attention at auction in Cambridge last week.

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An Augustus John portrait, a Fijian war weapon and an early golf putter – six auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

14 June 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a portrait by Augustus John (1878-1961) of his artist daughter Gwyneth Johnstone.

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Windsor House Antiques sells stock in Cambridge Auction

11 June 2019

Kevin Smith, owner of Windsor House Antiques, has consigned items of excess stock from the business to Cheffins Fine Art for its sale later this month.

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Affordable art: Three works sold for £1700 or under including an embroidery by Frances Richards

10 June 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales at £1700 or under, including abstract-style embroidery by Frances Richards, the wife of Ceri Richards.

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Burne-Jones bares his soul in heartfelt letters offered at Cheffins' auction

03 June 2019

Tender letters from artist Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones to the daughter of his patron reveal the “emotional support” he craved.

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Henry Lamb portrait tops sale while German bronzes perform strongly

27 May 2019

A portrait by Henry Lamb (1883-1960) making its first appearance at auction fetched a sale-topping £18,000 at Cambridge auction house Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) on May 9.

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Moorcroft charity shop donation delivers £9000

20 May 2019

The recent art and design sale at Cheffins in Cambridge included these two 1930s Moorcroft tubelined vases decorated with fish – a pattern from the later years of the William Moorcroft era.

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Jerwood Collection buys Michael Ayrton picture from Hertfordshire council auction at Cheffins

10 May 2019

The Jerwood Collection of Modern British art has emerged as the buyer of ‘Encounter No 1’, an oil painting by Michael Ayrton (1921-75). After selling at the recent auction it will now go on public view.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Soviet propaganda poster, a 1916 Irish Proclamation and a landscape by Lowry’s tutor

06 May 2019

With estimates from £30-150,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including an Egyptian scarab beetle and a singing bird box

08 April 2019

With estimates from £250-30,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Modern art on the curriculum

08 April 2019

British art historian Frances Spalding on how a post-war buying spree by councils aimed to bring the latest works to the classrooms.

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Collection of art bought by county council sells in a white-glove auction held in Cambridge

08 April 2019

Once enthusiastic buyers on the art market, today’s cash-strapped councils have taken on the role of vendor, pushed in an age of austerity to sell their collections and other assets to balance the books.

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Two Bawden pier versions appear at auction a day apart

08 April 2019

Two versions of Edward Bawden’s (1903-89) famous 'Brighton Pier' linocut came up at UK auctions within a day of each other.

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Five lots to watch at auction this week including a Fred Yates painting, an engraved pin head and a drawing by Japanese artist Hokusai

01 April 2019

With estimates from £300-£15,000, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Employing a different viewpoint to entice bidders

01 April 2019

Hiring a professional eye to present furniture and objects has become almost commonplace in the big London houses.

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Affordable art: Three works priced under £1300 in regional auctions including one of over 50 Goodwin works at auction

01 April 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales under £1300, including an Albert Goodwin view of Whitby.

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Buoyant market targets the best quality

01 April 2019

Prices high despite lack of good-quality stock as buyers aim for top standards.

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