In a Roman Osteria  1866

by Carl Bloch

As is often the case in Bloch’s work, knives and forks are brandished rather freely. Note in particular how the phallic decanter to the left may be close to an inviting mouth with slightly parted lips, but is equally – and unpleasantly – close to a knife and a fork with only two large prongs considerably more pointy than those of the young man’s fork. [br] [b]A popular ge...
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Denmark