STOSKOPFF, Sébastien
(b. 1597, Strasbourg, d. 1657, Idstein)

Still-Life with Glasses and Bottles

Oil on canvas, 122 x 99 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Stosskopf, who was born in Alsace and learned to paint from the Antwerp-born still life artist Daniel Soreau in the Flemish painters' colony at Hanau, specialized above all in glass still-lifes with delicate light effects. Joachim von Sandrart was to point out in 1675 that Stosskopf had painted 'many beautiful and outstanding works of still objects, such as tables and silver crockery'. This painting shows a large number of thin, Venetian-style glasses in a wicker basket. Surrounded by other glass, clay and china vessels the basket, which is parallel to the edge of the painting, has been placed on a brilliantly white tablecloth that hangs down over the edge and forms a sharp contrast to the dark background. Stosskopf may well have depicted the costly drinking vessels of an aristocratic patron.

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