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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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Mod Brit art from Hertfordshire County Council’s collection to be auctioned at Cheffins

30 January 2019

Pictures by Mod Brit artists including Barbara Hepworth and Julian Trevelyan will go under the hammer at Cambridge auction house Cheffins following a council’s decision to offload artworks from storage.

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Cambridge auction full of high-price surprises

21 January 2019

A letter of 1803 in which George III, writing to Lord Hawkesbury, effectively declares his intention to renew war on France, was at £9000 one of the more successful lots in a recent Cambridge sale that produced its fair share of surprise results.

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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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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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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.

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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Charles Rennie Mackintosh cabinet made for Glasgow tea room entrepreneur makes £11,000

16 August 2018

A cabinet made by Scottish designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) for a Victorian tea room businesswoman has sold for £11,000 at Willingham Auctions in Cambridge.

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh's cabinet for ‘Miss Cranston’ goes under the hammer in Cambridge

08 August 2018

A cabinet made by Scottish designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Catherine Cranston, a Victorian tea room entrepreneur, goes under the hammer at Willingham Auctions this week.

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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.