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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.

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Candlesticks by Coker and Cafe light up sales in Cambridge and Lewes

23 July 2018

Pairs of Georgian candlesticks by the best-known London specialist makers such as William Cafe and Ebenezer Coker continue to sell well enough, as long as condition is acceptable.

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Nelson memorabilia sails into auction for collecting options at various price points

20 July 2018

Whether your budget runs to four figures or a hefty six figures, two lots sold recently show how various price options can be available in a certain collecting market – in this case, Nelson memorabilia.

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Final flicker of a Fulham dealership

02 July 2018

It was the last flickerings of the dynasty which took salvage from the demolition site and put it back into the drawing room.

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All fired up at ‘more affordable’ prices

02 July 2018

Bids of £100 and upwards bought bidders a history of the English hearth and home among the Crowther lots at Cheffins on June 13-14, where 80% of the lower-priced items went to private buyers.

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Devon views are cream of the crop

02 July 2018

British watercolours depicting the beautiful county of Devon and painted during the medium’s golden age drew eager bidding at Cheffins of Cambridge (22.5% buyer’s premium).

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Period portraits and equine oil study

02 July 2018

The latest batch of period portraits to pass through Cheffins featured several from a late-16th century property in Great Chesterford, Essex. Passed by descent, the quartet was led by an attractive English School portrait of Queen Mary I (1516-58), an oil painted on an oval 2ft x 21in (62 x 53cm) canvas.

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Case study: a trip to Paris with Giacometti

25 June 2018

No two jobs are the same for the art shippers offering a bespoke service at the top end.

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Fitzwilliam Museum raises £1m to secure Queen Victoria sculpture

21 June 2018

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge has acquired a marble sculpture of Queen Victoria by Sir Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934) after raising the required £1.01m to prevent it from export.

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Renowned salvage dealer’s collection raises £90,000 at Cheffins auction

19 June 2018

The final sale of stock from a once renowned architectural antiques business in Fulham raised more than £90,000 at Cambridge saleroom Cheffins.

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Final lots from renowned dealer up at auction

28 May 2018

T Crowther & Sons was founded in 1880 in Fulham and was well established before the First World War. The company was split into two sections in the 1940s: Albert Crowther trading from Syon Lodge and T Crowther & Sons in Fulham.

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Final sale of architectural salvage and sculpture from T Crowther & Sons takes place at Cambridge auction house

21 May 2018

Cambridge-based auctioneers, Cheffins is to sell the remaining collection from once renowned architectural antiques business, T. Crowther & Sons.

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Women war artists in the frame

21 May 2018

Barbara Jones joins a growing band whose peacetime work is also now in strong demand.

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Cambridge auctioneer negotiates return of artefact to Bolivian government

30 April 2018

A Cambridge auctioneer has negotiated the return of a pre-Columbian artefact to the Bolivian government.

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Hone bidder secures Sarah Siddons miniature

26 March 2018

Among Horace Hone’s (1756-1825) most renowned depictions was the 18th century actress Sarah Siddons.

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‘It was like selling used to be…’ says Cambridge auctioneer after super sale

26 March 2018

There is little like a new house-record to leave an auctioneer smiling but there was considerably more for Luke Macdonald to celebrate following Cheffins’ (22.5% buyer’s premium) spring sale.

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Bidders warm to an unnamed face in Cambridge sale

19 March 2018

British portraiture with pedigree provided plenty of action in a strong sale of pictures at Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) of Cambridge.

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Every dog has its day at Cheffins sale

19 March 2018

Led by the portrait of an Italian mastiff by il Guercino (1591-1666), dogs took a starring role in the Cheffins' March 8 sale. The delightful oil of a stocky ‘Cane Corso’, perhaps the artist’s own dog, overshot a £80,000-120,000 estimate and was knocked down at £570,000 – the highest auction price in the English regions so far this year.

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Satirical university challenge

12 March 2018

Magazine by ‘heathen staff’ sells for 10-times top estimate in the city where it was produced...

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Guercino’s pet project rewarded at £570,000

12 March 2018

The run of recent six-figure auction sums in the English regions now includes Cheffins posting a house record in Cambridge.