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A flower still-life with a glass vase in an arch-way, with several insects and three shells. This oil-painting on copper, in the Philadelphia Museum of Arts, was made by Christoffel van den Berghe in ca. 1617 in Middelburg, Netherlands. [1]


Of the three shells, only the left-hand ones are Conus species; the right-hand shell, of which the aperture is partly obscured, is a colour form of Liguus fasciatus (Linnaeus, 1753). This species occurs on Cuba, and may have been brought by the West Indian Company that was active then since a few years trading goods from the Caribbean and the east coast of South America to the Netherlands.


[1] http://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/102450.html?mulR=947108360|1