The front claws seem to have little holes for those lovely little lobster forks.
Here is the back view....
The main dish is for hot melted butter and the bottom is rounded so it doesn't sit perfectly straight. I believe the whole lobster originally sat atop a tealight holder of some sort so the butter would stay warm and melted. (which makes this all the more genius)
It makes me feel like a white cotton sundress with espadrilles on a Cape Cod kinda Sunday.....maybe a balloon tire bicycle with a basket in front. A complete movie scene ending with some romance over lobster dipped in butter.....Ah! Can you feel it?
I envision this little guy sitting on a coffee table with maybe candy in the dish? (on second thought I have two children who would eat every lick of that said candy down in two seconds!) but you get the idea right? You have to look beyond the original use and think like Nate Berkus, or rather Tricia Kushman Anderson! Someday I'll be on the Nate show dishing about my blog and funky little red lobsters as coffee table art.