Fine Art Sale grosses £800,000 at Cheffins Fine Art Auctioneers, Cambridge

Tuesday 19 June 2018

East Anglian based Fine Art Auctioneers, Cheffins, sold over £670,000-worth of antiques and art at the firm’s second Fine Art Sale of the year on 13-14 June.

The sale included the remaining collection from the internationally-renowned architectural and antiques business, T. Crowther and sons. Consisting of over 80 pieces of rare architectural items, sculpture, fire furniture and garden urns, the items sold for over £90,000 in total. The highlight of the collection was a late 18th century marble chimneypiece depicting Vestal Virgins which sold for £16,000, well over its lower estimate of £7,000.

Another highlight from the June sale was a collection of 20 pictures depicting scenes of Devon which sold for a total of £57,000. Mainly selling to private collectors or dealers, Cheffins established an auction record for the artist William Payne, with ‘Penny Cross Church, Devon,’ a watercolour, selling for £6,500, against its estimate of £200 - £300. Similarly, a series of period portraits sold for high prices including a portrait of an unknown sitter, dating back to the 16th century and consigned from a Suffolk country house was sold for £9,000 to a trade buyer.

The jewellery section also saw some high prices paid including a vintage Rolex Oyster wristwatch which sold for £3,400 against an estimate of £500 - £800. Similarly, a late 19th century sapphire, diamond and pearl brooch sold for £8,000 against an estimate of £1,500 - £2,000. Silver from well-established silversmiths proved to be continually popular as a set of four George II candlesticks by John White sold for £11,000, over double their higher estimate of £5,000.

Amongst the furniture, a 10 branch cut glass chandelier, consigned from Ennismore Gardens in Knightsbridge was sold for £10,000, which was 10 times its higher estimate of £1,000, whilst an 18th century giltwood over mantel mirror sold for £9,000.

Luke Macdonald, Director at Cheffins, comments: “This Fine Art Sale proves that appetite is still strong for high quality antiques, fine art and collectors’ items. The Crowther Collection is easily one of the finest consignments of its type to have hit the auction block for some years and we were delighted to be able to handle the sale of these important items. Jewellery is still going from strength-to-strength with quality items being snapped up by both trade and private buyers and the best in class of the furniture section made strong prices.”

The next sale at Cheffins will be The Connoisseur’s Sale which will take place on 4-5 July.

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