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.

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
Trompe L’Oeil Plate with Lobster. Contemporary. French. Christine Viennet, artist. via
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
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 © Fair use license. via

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