Top prices paid for art and antiques at stellar two day sale

Cheffins' November Fine Art Sale saw top prices paid for furniture, fine art, ceramics and collectors' items

The highest price paid on the day was £40,000 for a Regency rosewood and brass inlaid table in the manner of Gillows which was sold to Corfield Morris Ltd, a Regent Street gallery. Smashing its £10,000 - £15,000 estimate, the table was consigned from High House, Westacre in Norfolk and is believed to have been made between 1824 and 1829. Another lot which sold for well over estimate was a rare 17th century stumpwork picture of Charles II and Catherine of Braganza, dated 1670, which sold for £24,000 against a £3,000 - £5,000 estimate.


Amongst the paintings, £38,000 was paid for a 15th century altarpiece, depicting The Madonna and Child, by the Master of San Miniato. Dating back to circa 1460 – 1480, this altarpiece is a new discovery by the artist who painted a number of altarpieces in the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte in Florence. Part of the Richard Parsons collection, originating from Norfolk, this was the first time that this picture has been offered on the open market since the 19th Century. It was snapped up by a European collector.


Similarly, an important miniature by Isaac Oliver, circa 1612, of Thomas Fones, Mayor of Plymouth in 1620, the year the Mayflower sailed, sold for £14,000, well over its £3,000 - £5,000 estimate. In addition, an Anglo-Flemish School portrait of William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, was sold for £16,000 and a picture of The Garden of Eden by a follower of Jan van Kessel was sold for £7,000.  Meanwhile, the major collection of over 50 pieces of sporting art generated over £30,000 with a portrait of racehorse Saffron Tartan by Peter Biegel selling for £2,800.


Within the collectors’ items, an ancient Eyptian faience shabti which was excavated at the tomb of Horwedja by Sir WMF Petrie sold for £7,500 and was bought by a local private collector. With a handwritten note from Petrie, the piece generated interest from institutions as well as collectors and Egyptology enthusiasts.


Luke Macdonald, Director, Cheffins says: “The final Fine Art sale of 2018 saw some strong prices paid for the best and rarest examples of antique furniture, collectors’ items and works of art. The market throughout the year has shown that quality, rarity and provenance has set the bar when it comes to values. Buyers have become increasingly discerning and whilst aesthetics and taste still play a large part in prices achieved, the best in class of regency furniture, period portraits and the rarest of collectors’ items have continually risen to the top throughout 2018. The auction calendar is now set for 2019 with a series of knock out sales and we are looking forward to bringing these to the market in the new year.”


The next sale at Cheffins is the Wine Sale which will take place on the 11th December.


Auction: The Fine Art Sale – 28th and 29th November, 11am onwards.


Viewing Times: Sunday 25th November 10am – 12pm | Monday 26th November 10am – 5pm | Tuesday 27th November 10am – 6pm

Location: Cheffins, Clifton House, 1-2 Clifton Road, Cambridge, UK, CB1 7EA


For more information, contact the Fine Art team on 01223 213343

For further media information, please contact Sophie Richardson, PR Manager, Cheffins, on 01223 271990



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