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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Cricket cages catch the eye at Cambridge sale

28 August 2017

Catching the eye at the Oriental Sale at Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) in Cambridge on August 10 were the two highly collectable 4¾in (12cm) tall gourd cricket cages shown here.

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Remarkable RAF fighter ace diary sells at Cambridge auction

21 August 2017

Personal and unique insights into warfare score highly at auction. So it proved at Cambridge firm Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) in The Connoisseurs Sale on July 6, when a journal revealing the private thoughts of a Second World War fighter ace credited with more enemy ‘kills’ than any other British pilot doubled the top estimate to sell for £16,000.

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To whom did Clare Leighton dedicate her 1933 set of wood engravings?

14 August 2017

Almost 30 years ago, a proof copy of Clare Leighton’s 'The Farmer’s Year of 1933', effectively a cased set of 12 of her wood engravings, all captioned, signed and inscribed in her hand, sold for £2800 at Sotheby’s.

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Giacometti drawings emerge from the dust

14 August 2017

Cheffins of Cambridge is offering two drawings by Alberto Giacometti (1901-66) at auction on October 12.

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Antiques dealer’s Alberto Giacometti drawings to be offered at Cheffins

10 August 2017

The eclectic collection of the late antiques dealer Eila Grahame continues to provide Cheffins of Cambridge with exceptional material. The latest works that have been unveiled are two drawings by Alberto Giacometti (1901-66) which will be offered at auction on October 12.

HG Wells’ ‘War of the Worlds’

First edition of HG Wells’ ‘The War of the Worlds’ doubles estimate at £11,000

28 July 2017

Martians land in Surrey and terrorise much of southern England in tripedal war-machines equipped with death-rays before finally succumbing to terrestrial bacteria. That, put very simply, is the story line of HG Wells’ 1898 novel, ‘The War of the Worlds’, an apocalyptic vision that retains an iconic place in the realms of science fiction.

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Top marks: the trade is head of the glass for once

30 May 2017

Two small private collections of glass, Art Nouveau and contemporary, were clear areas of interest at Cheffins’ (22.5% buyer’s premium) Art & Design from 1860 sale at Cambridge on May 11.

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Council cuts bring art to market

30 May 2017

Seventy years ago, councils around the UK launched Pictures for Schools, a scheme to bring original works of art into the classroom.

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Auction records for Dunbar and Garwood at Cheffins' latest Art & Design sale

16 May 2017

A keen buyer at Cheffins’ Art & Design sale helped set two auction records for British artists Eileen Lucy ‘Tirzah’ Garwood and Evelyn Dunbar.

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Star of the show as Dunbar sets ‘staggering’ record in Cambridge

15 May 2017

A painting by British artist Evelyn Dunbar (1906- 60) set a record price at auction for the artist at Cheffins’ Art & Design sale on May 11.

Chinese vases

Chinese sleepers awake at Crewkerne and Cambridge auctions

11 April 2017

Auction house Lawrences of Crewkerne is no stranger to stand-out objects from China after a remarkable vase sold at 150-times its estimate in January.

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Perspectives from a Grand Tour

01 April 2017

Private works on a European theme yield strong prices in Cambridgeshire sale...

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Pick of the Week: Royalist rarity takes £20,000

18 March 2017

Estimated at £1500-2000, this rare English delft dish sold for £20,000 (plus 22.5% buyer’s premium) at Cheffins in Cambridge on March 8.

Princess Diana letters

Princess Diana letters on honeymoon and birth of son head to auction in Gloucestershire

15 March 2017

Letters from the late Princess Diana surfaced at auction earlier this year in Cambridge and now another set is being offered in Gloucestershire.

Richard Doyle’s ‘Court of Queen Vic’

A rarity from the ‘Court of Queen Vic’ sells at Cambridge auction

06 March 2017

A comic picture book issued by Fores in 1842 and titled ‘The Brother to the Moon’s Visit to the Court of Queen Vic’ would appear to be a great rarity, and a copy offered by Cheffins of Cambridge on February 22 made a much higher than predicted £1900.

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How family values can boost the auction values of medals and militaria

16 February 2017

One challenge that auctioneers face is whether to sell a collection as a whole, or in several different groups, or individually. Finding the right strategy is vital to getting lots away with decent prices.

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‘Princess Diana’ auction of letters and mementoes at Cheffins draws huge media focus

06 January 2017

Under normal circumstances, an auction in the English regions is unlikely to command the attention of the global media. But throw in a few letters, photographs and effects from Diana, Princess of Wales, then it’s an entirely different proposition.

Doccia porcelain dishes

Doccia porcelain dishes sell for £70,000 despite poor condition

17 December 2016

A group of three Doccia porcelain dishes from c.1740-45 sold for £70,000 at a stellar sale at Cheffins in Cambridge.

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A £25,000 record for Irish flatware?

27 June 2014

Seventeenth century Dublin trefid spoons are extremely scarce. Last year a single rat-tailed example by Andrew Gregory, 1685, sold for €9000 at Adams of Dublin.

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Chinese wig stand sells for £360,000 in Cambridge

08 April 2014

This Qianlong mark and period hat or wig stand sold for a massive £360,000 at a recent Cheffins sale in Cambridge.

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