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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Great Exhibition in view

11 October 2021

This chromolithographed plate is one of 52 (of 55) included in a copy of Dickinson’s Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851.

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Social whirl: the Audrey Pleydell-Bouverie library

11 October 2021

Coming to Cheffins’ October 21 auction directly from the library of the Hertfordshire estate, Julians Park, the home of society hostess Audrey Pleydell-Bouverie, is a collection of 70 of the principal books.

The Man with the Golden Gun books

Latest James Bond film prompts art and antiques firms to promote memorabilia

29 September 2021

The James Bond film ‘No Time To Die’ will be released on September 30 (after pandemic delays) and a number of auction houses and dealers have a selection of related items for sale.

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Silver salver gift to ‘Johnnie’ Johnson

09 August 2021

Cheffins’ auction in Cambridge on August 26 includes a silver presentation salver given to Air Vice Marshal James Edgar ‘Johnnie’ Johnson (1915-2001), the highest-scoring Western Allied pilot against the Luftwaffe and the RAF’s officially recognised top-scoring fighter pilot of the Second World War.

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Alexander Mann gets away at last

26 July 2021

It was third time lucky for a painting by Scottish artist Alexander Mann (1853-1908) at Cheffins’ (24.5% buyer’s premium) fine art sale in Cambridge.

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Marble bust among notable items gained by Cheffins in referral from Christie’s

19 July 2021

Cheffins (24.5% buyer’s premium) in Cambridge has enjoyed some fine referrals from Christie’s in recent times.

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Early work by Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett doubles artist's auction record

19 July 2021

An early painting by Roger ‘Syd’ Barrett (1946-2006) of Pink Floyd led a 200-lot picture section at a recent Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) sale.

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Brooke, Bible and The Beano

05 July 2021

Wide range of material offered in Cambridge generates an array of interesting results.

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Guinea pig pops into von Tamm's still life at Cheffins

21 June 2021

It’s not often that a guinea pig features in an Old Master painting.

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Famous estate source yields mixed selection at Cheffins

21 June 2021

Included in the Cheffins Fine Sale in Cambridge on June 30-July 1 are more than 50 lots of furniture, antiques, ceramics and collectors’ items from the famous Hertfordshire estate, Julians Park.

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The Curwen Studio archive dispersed

10 May 2021

Among the publishing houses that helped put Modern British prints on the map was The Curwen Studio.

Bronze model of an ostrich

Ostrich ruffles feathers at £1.41m

26 April 2021

A bronze sculpture of an ostrich catalogued as from the workshop of Mannerist sculptor Giambologna drew an extraordinary competition in Cambridge.

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Pick of the week: Gainsborough back in dealer’s hands

26 April 2021

A work thought to be one of Thomas Gainsborough’s (1727-88) earliest attempts at oil painting as well as his earliest-known self-portrait was one of a number of lots drawing considerable attention at Cheffins.

Bronze ostrich by ‘workshop of Giambologna’

Bidders go head to head in Cambridge as bronze ostrich sells for £1.41m

22 April 2021

A bronze sculpture of an ostrich catalogued as from the workshop of Mannerist sculptor Giambologna drew an extraordinary competition at Cheffins in Cambridge today.

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Furniture from across the centuries offers contrasting styles to bidders

08 March 2021

Traditional 18th century styles rub shoulders with stand-out Modern design in regional sales

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Rare Royal Navy set shipshapes up to £4600 result

01 March 2021

The latest Interiors sale at Cheffins (24.5% buyer’s premium) in Cambridge included one of the rarest of all the Britains lead soldier sets.

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An L of a good Blackburn group

22 February 2021

The largest contingent of works by British abstract painter John Blackburn (b.1932) ever to come to auction will be offered at Cheffins of Cambridge on February 25.

John Blackburn abstract art

Cambridge’s Kettle’s Yard to sell donated abstract art collection at auction

18 February 2021

The largest contingent of works by British abstract painter John Blackburn (b.1932) ever to come to auction will be offered at Cheffins in Cambridge on February 25.

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Cooper Henderson: years of coaching pay off

15 February 2021

Typical Charles Cooper Henderson coach scene rolls into Cheffins' saleroom

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Olde Worlde charm… from 1847

21 December 2020

Quaintly titled book about Great Yarmouth was one of the varied attractions in Cambridge auction.

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