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.


Jane Austen print

Jane Austen letter goes to her former house in deal brokered by Cheffins

23 March 2023

Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, Hampshire has acquired a rare early example of a handwritten letter by the novelist after its sale was negotiated by Cambridge auction house Cheffins.

Turner's Chepstow Castle

Turner’s castle emerges in Cambridge saleroom

06 March 2023

An early watercolour of Chepstow Castle by JMW Turner (1775-1851) that was previously recorded but its whereabouts unknown has emerged in Cambridge.

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Reward for ‘reading the Riot Act’

06 March 2023

Cheffins’ sale of Jewellery, Silver & Watches on April 6 includes, as part of a 100-piece single-owner collection, this 145oz George III silver gilt presentation two-handled cup and cover.

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Navigate your way round Breitling Navitimer dial styles

27 February 2023

Over the years, the Navitimer has undergone a variety of cosmetic and mechanical changes. Pictured here are three iterations of the watch as it evolved across two decades.

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Hogarth among big names at Cheffins

27 February 2023

A tiny head study of a lady and her son by William Hogarth (1697-1764) is among the lots on offer at Cheffins’ fine art sale in Cambridge on March 22-23.

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Noble resident of County Wicklow for around 150 years

09 January 2023

A portrait of a noblewoman catalogued as by a follower of Frans Pourbus the Younger, dated 1615, emerged as one of the highlights at Cheffins (24.5% buyer’s premium) in Cambridge.

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Pick of the week: EH Shepard's Wind in the Willows drawing sells with a swagger at auction

19 December 2022

Since its first publication in 1908, Kenneth Grahame’s 'The Wind in the Willows' has appeared in various editions and reprints illustrated by nearly 50 artists.

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Is Small now hitting the big time?

28 November 2022

When coming across a female artist who was once quite recognised but now is rather little known, buyers today automatically ask the question: ‘Is she undervalued?’

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A £24,000 bid leads the Lionel Edwards hunt

28 November 2022

Among a number of sporting pictures generating decent interest at recent sales, this autumn Cheffins (24.5% buyer’s premium) posted the highest auction price for the hunting specialist Lionel Edwards (1878-1966) in over 12 years.

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Many surprises lurk in multiples

07 November 2022

Cambridge auction attracts high bids to secure several delights discovered in job lots

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Family naval group includes £28,000 medal

31 October 2022

A group of father-and-son lots related to the Royal Navy may have been small in size but revealed a combined service in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars that was lengthy.

Brooch

Shipwreck furniture and lock of hair with Horatio Nelson links attract collectors at auction

04 October 2022

A bookcase made from the wreck of Nelson’s former flagship HMS Foudroyant and brooch containing a lock Nelson's hair sold at auction last month.

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Hambling and Long on offer

26 September 2022

Five works by Maggi Hambling (b.1945) will be offered at Cambridge saleroom Cheffins on October 27.

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Qing trophy won by an Australian bidder

05 September 2022

Cheffins’ (24.5% buyer’s premium) latest silver offering in Cambridge was topped by a Qing trophy, c.1850.

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Gentleman now from ‘circle of de Critz’

22 August 2022

Among a number of Old Master portraits on offer in Cambridge is a depiction of a gentleman that has been consigned from a private collection in Suffolk.

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Cambridge sale suggests no slowdown in Chinese bidding despite global challenges

25 July 2022

The reassuring news from the East began with the first lot offered at Cheffins’ (24.5% buyer’s premium) Fine Sale when 10 China-based bidders competed for a Republican-era porcelain Putai.

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Unterberger view of Venice tops Cheffins' summer sale

18 July 2022

A romanticised view of Venice by Austrian painter Franz Richard Unterberger (1838-1902) led the latest fine art sale staged by Cambridge saleroom Cheffins (24.5% buyer’s premium).

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Doggett record broken twice

27 June 2022

Demand continues to grow for works by Modern British artist Ruth Doggett (1881-1974) after her auction record was broken twice in the same auction.

Birdie Fortescue’s home

Cheffins teams up with interior designer Birdie Fortescue for upcoming auction

16 June 2022

Auction house Cheffins has worked with Birdie Fortescue, who runs her own homewares brand, to show how antiques can work in any home.

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Holbein’s Henry in a hat covered afresh

30 May 2022

Arguably the most famous portraits of an English king are Hans Holbein the Younger’s (c.1497-1543) depictions of Henry VIII.

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