Trompe l’oeil lobsters to put out for the first course. So what if you can’t eat them. Serve enough cocktails first and maybe your guests won’t notice.

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Pair of seafood plates. 1990s. Fitz and Floyd, makers. Maker’s marks and year of creation stamped into the undersides. Image © Jeanette’s Fetching Finds and 2020 Chairish, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.chairish.com/product/1629790/late-20th-century-fitz-and-floyd-trompe-loeil-lobster-seafood-plates-a-pair
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Trompe L’Oeil Plate with Lobster. Contemporary. French. Christine Viennet, artist. via https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/459930180669191095/
Lobster on a Delft Dish 1738 by Charles Collins c.1680-1744
“Lobster on a Delft Dish.” 1738. Irish. Oil on canvas. Charles Collins, painter (ca.1680-1744). Collections of the Tate Gallery, London. Cc0 License 3.0. via https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/collins-lobster-on-a-delft-dish-t03301
Quadrangular dish in faience  with trompe l'oeil crayfish decoration. 19th c. Stamped Longchamp.
Quadrangular dish in faience with trompe l’oeil crayfish decoration. 19th c. Ceramic. Stamped Longchamp. Image © proantic.com. Fair use license. via https://www.proantic.com/en/display.php?mode=obj&id=503970

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