Still Life with Shells and a Chip-Wood Box

Artist: Sebastian Stoskopff (French, Strasbourg 1597–1657 Idstein)

Date: late 1620s

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 18 1/2 x 23 3/8 in. (47 x 59.4 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Wrightsman Fund, 2002

Accession Number: 2002.68


A French-speaking Lutheran from Strasbourg, Stoskopff worked intermittently in Paris from 1622 to 1641. This spare picture of carefully arranged exotic shells and a simple box filled with fish and candied fruits is a characteristic essay in subtle shapes and tones.