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.


Michael Ayrton

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tunnard tops £444,000 Hertfordshire council collection auction at Cheffins

25 March 2019

A surrealist work by John Tunnard (1900-71) led a sale of 20th century British pictures from Hertfordshire County Council’s collection at Cheffins on March 21.

John Tunnard's 'Brandis 1944'

Sale of art owned by Hertfordshire County Council to go ahead despite protest

20 March 2019

Hertfordshire County Council is going ahead with the auction of artworks from its collection this week despite the launch of a petition to ‘save’ it from being dispersed.

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Ice pick carried by geologist on Captain Scott's South Pole expedition sells for £22,000 at Cambridge auction

18 March 2019

The ice pick carried by geologist Frank Debenham (1883-1965) during the doomed Terra Nova British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-13 sold for £22,000 (plus buyer’s premium) at Cheffins earlier this month. The estimate was just £200-400.

Dolls house

Six lots to watch at auction this week including a dolls house, 200 halfcrowns and a Gallé vase

18 March 2019

With estimates from £400-8000, here are six previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Anne Redpath still life among leading lots at auction of works from Hertfordshire County Council

11 March 2019

An impressive collection of 20th century British pictures will be offered at Cheffins in Cambridge on March 21 after Hertfordshire County Council took the decision to offload them.

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Sheila Robinson – an artist tutored by Bawden – doubles estimate at Cheffins

11 March 2019

A 16 x 15in (42 x 38cm) linocut by Great Bardfield artist Sheila Robinson (1925-88) more than doubled its estimate to sell for £1000 at Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) of Cambridge.

Jug

Six lots to watch at auction this week including an Elizabethan jug, a Constable sketch and a German Expressionist painting

04 March 2019

With estimates from £100-$50,000, here are six previews from upcoming sales this week.

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Affordable art: Three works priced under £900 in regional auctions including a David Bates view of the Wye

18 February 2019

Three modestly valued works selling at regional sales below £900, including a David Bates view of the Wye.

Cheffins

Cambridgeshire auction house Cheffins invests in new website and corporate branding

15 February 2019

Cheffins, the 200 year-old Cambridge-based auctioneer embracing real estate sales and agriculture as well as fine art, has rebranded with a new logo and website.

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Women’s rights… or maybe not

04 February 2019

Dated London 1679 in a Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) sale of January 10 was a job lot that included four unframed Hogarth prints, a framed royal proclamation of 1800 relating to the production of grain and a “1679 broadside, printed for T.N. that is headed A List of the Parliament of Women”.

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