Still Life with Shells and a Chip-Wood Box

Sebastian Stoskopff French

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A French-speaking Lutheran from Strasbourg, Stoskopff worked intermittently in Paris from 1622 to 1641. This spare painting combines a chip-wood box containing dried fruit and fish, a commonplace object in Stoskopff’s time, with costly shells harvested from the Indian and Pacific oceans. Such shells were objects of fascination and sought-after collector’s items at a time of expanding European colonialism in Asia.

Still Life with Shells and a Chip-Wood Box, Sebastian Stoskopff (French, Strasbourg 1597–1657 Idstein), Oil on canvas

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