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Cheffins ‘Affordable Art Sale – A Summer Show’ tomorrow (Thursday 30) will offer 297 artworks with estimates ranging from £50 to £800.

A selection of oil paintings available at Cheffins’ The Affordable Art Sale – A Summer Show' on July 29, shot against Molly Mahon Marwari Horse wallpaper in Dark Blue (49587403)
A selection of oil paintings available at Cheffins’ The Affordable Art Sale – A Summer Show' on July 29, shot against Molly Mahon Marwari Horse wallpaper in Dark Blue (49587403)

On offer are paintings, drawings, etchings and prints, with highlights including three etchings by David Hockney, from his series ‘Illustrations for Six Fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm’ dated 1969, with an estimate of £400-£600. Also on sale will be a series of etchings by Augustus John, with estimates of £300-£500 and a series of lithographs by Dame Elisabeth Frink with estimates from £150 upwards. There are also linocuts by popular 20th century artist Edward Bawden and two wood engravings by Eric Gill.

Brett Tryner, from Cheffins, says: “The new Affordable Art Sale - A Summer Show, will cater for the growing demand for quality but reasonably priced artwork. With a plethora of younger collectors coming to the market, we have seen prices steadily rise for modern British art and this has clearly made way for space in our calendar for a sale dedicated to this new buying force.

“The auction will include a series of original works and signed prints to provide something for all buyers and budgets, up to the value of around £800. As the Covid crisis put a greater emphasis on our homes and the way we live, we have seen a direct correlation with the increasing number of new bidders for every sale we have offered over the past 12 months as purchasers now look to seek out individual items rather than simply turning to the high street.

“This has been a real boon for regional auction houses across the country and we expect that The Affordable Art Sale will help to satisfy the demand in the market for original artwork as the trend for ‘not buying new’ continues to gather pace.”

Cheffins has collaborated with Molly Mahon, block printer and fabric and wallpaper designer, to show how the artworks can be brought to life against a patterned backdrop.

Brett says: “We worked closely with Molly Mahon and her team to select the best wallpaper patterns to illustrate how some of these artworks would look within a home environment. The colours and patterns from the wallpaper have helped to really bring these pictures to life and hopefully will help to encourage more collectors to come to the sale.”

The sale will take place at Cheffins’ salerooms in Cambridge and online at cheffins.co.uk. For further information, contact the fine art department on 01223 213343 or fine.art@cheffins.co.uk.



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