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.


Il Guercino painting

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.

Il Guercino dog portrait at  Cheffins auction

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.

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.

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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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