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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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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‘With the love of Mark Twain’

23 May 2022

Work sold in Cambridge is thought to reflect US author's friendship with Scottish physician and essayist

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Automobilia and petroliana: Pump action at auction

02 May 2022

While classic, vintage and antique cars have a sizeable collecting market, the wider worlds of automobilia and petroliana also attract dedicated enthusiasts with plenty of auctions featuring a variety of lots.

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Legal eagle eyed traditional art

18 April 2022

Group of 12 offered in Cambridge saleroom comprised mainly 18th century British works

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Fenton captures Cheltenham views

18 April 2022

These two salt prints from waxed paper negatives by Roger Fenton (1819-69) carry an estimate of £1000-2000 at Cheffins in Cambridge on April 28.

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John Martin takes a small tour of Britain

18 April 2022

Two views of historic British landmarks by John Martin (1789-1854) attracted interest in different parts of the country.

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Cat sat on a shelf came all the way from Egypt

11 April 2022

Cats were represented in the social and religious practices of ancient Egypt for several millennia.

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Boost for Benton End lesser names

21 March 2022

Refurbishment of the East Anglian art school’s former home and an exhibition could push prices up

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Tirzah Garwood on track as a rising star of the Mod Brit scene

21 March 2022

Prices for Tirzah Garwood (1908-51) continue to rise.

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Nash brothers go for beauty

21 March 2022

After producing some of the most famous images of the Second World War, Paul Nash (1889-1946) began to focus on more pleasant landscapes.

Early Thomas Gainsborough picture

Portrait ‘by 16-year-old Thomas Gainsborough’ consigned to Cambridge sale

14 March 2022

An early work believed to have been painted by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) at the age of 16 has emerged at Cambridge saleroom Cheffins.

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A duo of ‘Qianlong’ objects inspired by China’s archaic past emerge at regional sales

28 February 2022

This blue and white ewer with a Qianlong mark offered at Cheffins (24.5% buyer’s premium) in Cambridge as part of an Interiors sale is of a type modelled on a Zhou bronze ritual wine vessel or 'he'.

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Bumper sales totals reveal Dreweatts now takes top spot in the regions

24 January 2022

Auction figures for firms outside London show a shake-up of the status quo

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Shakespeare third folio takes £70,000

13 December 2021

Edition of Shakespeare’s works from 1663 heads varied selection in Cambridge.

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Dealer Philip Mould buys Fry French view

06 December 2021

A view of the town of Vence in the south of France by Roger Fry (1866-1934) caught the eye of several bidders at Cheffins (24.5% buyer’s premium).

Cheffins items in a Suffolk cottage

Interior design duo team up with Cheffins for December sale

30 November 2021

Cambridge auction firm Cheffins is working with interior design “power couple” Benedict Foley and Daniel Slowik to promote its next auction.

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