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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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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Saleroom selection: three artworks under £1000 including a Charles Collins' view of Cornwall

25 June 2018

Three modestly valued works in regional sales, including an oil on canvas of Bude in Cornwall by Charles Collins (1851-1921).

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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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Auction house movers and shakers – including Roseberys appointing a former Christie’s specialist

14 May 2018

A look at the latest saleroom appointments, including Roseberys appointing a former director and works of art specialist at Christie’s.

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Movers and shakers: appointments in the auction house world

03 May 2018

A look at the latest moves in the trade.

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Automobilia from Stewart Imber’s Themed Garages offered at Cheffins’ auction

06 April 2018

Items from Themed Garages, a well known automobilia company that holds one of the most notable collections of motoring-related artefacts in the UK, will be offered at a Cheffins auction later this month.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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Old Master dog portrait knocked down for £570,000 at Cambridge auction – video

08 March 2018

A previously unrecorded canine portrait by the Italian Old Master known as il Guercino (1591-1666) drew a dramatic bidding contest at Cheffins of Cambridge today.

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“His eyes shine, his nose is wet, he’s about to move”… Guercino’s canine portrait set to lead Old Master offering at Cambridge auction – video

28 February 2018

A group of intriguing Old Masters being offered at Cheffins next month was the catalyst for the auction house holding its first London viewing. With the works including a rare, striking and potentially very valuable Guercino (1591-1666) dog portrait, ATG spoke to head of the Cambridge saleroom’s head of pictures Sarah Flynn about the upcoming sale.

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Collectors vote for female artists

12 February 2018

As celebrations get under way to mark the centenary of women gaining the right to vote (or over-30s at least), the Modern British art market is showing a growing appetite for 20th century female artists.

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Fresh Old Master mastiff discovery bounds into auction

05 February 2018

A previously unrecorded painting attributed to Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, the Italian Old Master known as il Guercino (1591-1666), has been consigned to Cambridge auction house Cheffins.

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7 reasons why this portrait of a dog looks set to get tails wagging at Cambridge auction

01 February 2018

A previously unrecorded painting attributed to Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, the Italian Old Master known as il Guercino (1591-1666), has been consigned to Cambridge auction house Cheffins. It will be offered its sale on March 7-8 with an estimate of £80,000-120,000.

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