"Art Across North America: Paris and New York." Apollo 115 (April 1982), p. 287, ill., ascribe this picture to Stoskopff and date it about 1640–55; identify the owner as Galerie Joseph Hahn, Paris.
Four Guest Galleries from Paris and Paul Rosenberg & Co.: French Painting, 1600–1900. Exh. cat., Paul Rosenberg & Co. New York, 1982, pp. 18–19, no. 5, ill., date it about 1640–55, in his Strasbourg period.
L'estampille, l'objet d'art 173 (1984), p. 52, ill. [article not available, see brochure from Jack Kilgore in archive folder].
Barbara Scott. "Letter from Paris: The Biennale des Antiquaires." Apollo 120 (September 1984), p. 208, ill., mentions this picture as shown at the Biennale by Galerie Joseph Hahn.
Sam Segal. A Prosperous Past: The Sumptuous Still Life in the Netherlands, 1600–1700. Exh. cat., Delft, Stedelijk Museum Het Prinsenhof. The Hague, 1988, pp. 88, 231, no. 13, ill., sees it as related to the shell still lifes of Linard.
Hana Seifertová. Georg Flegel (1566–1638): Zátisí. Exh. cat., National Gallery of Prague. Prague, 1994, p. 139, no. 75, ill.
Birgit Hahn-Woernle. Sebastian Stoskopff: Mit einem kritischen Werkverzeichnis der Gemälde. Stuttgart, 1996, pp. 152–53, no. 23, ill. (color), dates it probably in the 1630s; describes the contents of the box as small red fruits and perhaps the skin of a fish and a slice of lemon; observes that it is possible, but not compelling, that this picture represented Water in a series of the four elements.
Michèle Caroline Heck et al. Sébastien Stoskopff, 1597–1657: Un maître de la nature morte. Exh. cat., Musée de l'Oeuvre Notre-Dame. Paris, 1997, pp. 126, 142–43, no. 6, ill. (color), Heck dates it about 1625–30.
Holland Cotter. "Art in Review: 'Old Master Painting Exhibition,' Jack Kilgore & Company." New York Times (January 25, 2002), p. ?, notes that this "quiet beauty" was given pride of place in the exhibition.
Everett Fahy in The Wrightsman Pictures. New York, 2005, pp. 144–45, no. 40, ill. (color), dates it probably in the late 1620s, noting that it is more sophisticated than Stoskopff's two dated works of 1625: "Still Life with a Candle and Books" (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam) and "Still Life with a Baguette and Fish" (private collection, Paris).
Ingrid Thomas. The Shell: A World of Decoration and Ornament. New York, 2007, p. 122, ill. (color), as painted in the 1620s; notes that "the 'Panther Shell' of the title is in fact a Humpback Cowrie (Cypraea mauritiana). A true Panther Shell is the species Capraea pantherina, which has quite different markings".