Decorate your home with still life and interior paintings at auction

If you are an interior design fan, why not try a still life or interior picture to bring out the best of your home.

2553AM01A – Kinghams William Ratcliffe LOT 484

Still life by William Ratcliffe (1870-1955) sold at auction at Kinghams (23% buyer’s premium) in Moreton-in-Marsh at £7000.

Artists painting interiors and still lifes goes back to antiquity, but it was the Dutch artists of the 16th century that made the genre their own. The term “still life” is derived from the Dutch word stilleven. While Johannes Vermeer (1632-75) is regarded as the foremost painter of interiors, the genres have remained popular throughout.

By the early 20th century, artists in the UK were again dedicated to depicting interior, domestic scenes in their work with groups such as artists in the Camden Town Group producing many examples.

Group member William Ratcliffe (1870-1955) was among those who painted a number of subtly lit interiors and still lifes (alongside his well-known views of north London and Dieppe). Above is a recent work that sold at auction at Kinghams (23% buyer’s premium) in Moreton-in-Marsh. Pitched at £3000-5000, it sold at £7000 to a London collector.

Here is a selection of other pictures from the genre coming up at auction.

Still life with vegetables

Modern Still Life

This still life by Audrey Johnson (1918-2010) is dated 1990 and estimated at £80-120 at 1818 Auctioneers timed online sale ending July 24.

Still life interior


This Geoffrey Chatten (b.1938) still life study on board is estimated at £300-500 at Keys Fine Art on July 29.


Dahlia still life

Flower Dahlia

This still life of red dahlias is by August von Brandis (1859-1947) and is estimated at €500 at the July 29 sale at Kunstauktionshaus Schlosser.

Black and white interior

Palma Interior

This picture is called Interior in black and white by Spanish artist Fernando Soria (1922- 2009) and is estimated at €1000-1200 at Setdart Subastas.


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