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.


Roadworks by Evelyn Dunbar

Market for Evelyn Dunbar continues to grow as Cheffins sells ‘student’ work for £19,000

29 January 2018

Works by Evelyn Dunbar (1906-1960) rarely occur on the market but when they do they are now making remarkable prices.

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Holme truths about costly heraldic work

13 November 2017

Earlier works in an October 18 sale held by Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) included a scarce 1688 first of Randle Holme’s The Academy of Armory, or a Storehouse of Armory and Blazon, an heraldic work by the third member of a distinguished Chester family of heraldic painters and genealogists to bear that name. It made £1200.

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Farmer who sowed Decades of Design sale format seeds

06 November 2017

Stourbridge auctioneer Will Farmer held the first of his biannual Decades of Design sales at Fieldings (17.5% buyer’s premium) 12 years ago and rather wishes he had copyrighted the phrase – now almost a generic term for post-1860 dec arts sales.

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Tusk force: Ramsden elephants at auction

30 October 2017

Overshadowed by the £130,000 Giacometti double-sided sketch (ATG No 2314), other pieces at Cheffins’ (23% buyer’s premium) sale at Cambridge on October 12 flourished under the banner of post-1880 design.

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Pick of the Week: The two sides of Alberto Giacometti

16 October 2017

A double-sided drawing by Alberto Giacometti of his classic elongated head and figure designs has been sold at auction in Cambridge for £130,000.

Drawing by Alberto Giacometti

WATCH: Alberto Giacometti drawing takes £130,000 at Cambridge auction

12 October 2017

A double-sided sketch by Alberto Giacometti (1901-66) has posted one of the highest prices ever for a 20th century drawing sold at a UK regional saleroom. It sold at Cheffins of Cambridge today for £130,000.

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Traditional values make welcome return to regions

02 October 2017

“There really does seem to be life in the traditional market”. Woolley & Wallis’ (22% buyer’s premium) latest Old Masters, British & European Paintings sale in Salisbury left specialist Victor Fauvelle in a buoyant mood.

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The recipe for reviving mahogany

02 October 2017

“Many think that the fashion for older mahogany furniture has died a death. However, the prices achieved at this sale go to show that these items are still incredibly desirable.”

Catalogue clues to library riches destroyed by fire

28 August 2017

A blaze which tore through Norwich Central Library one August morning in 1994 destroyed thousands of historic documents and more than 100,000 books.

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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.

Alberto Giacometti drawing

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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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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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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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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