I am not sure if this is the correct forum to post my question so apologies in advance if it’s not.
My question is about the engraved scene on this vinaigrette… a favourite in my collection. The vinaigrette was made by Joseph Willmore and assayed in Birmingham in 1842 but who is the recumbent character supposed to represent?
I have shown the piece to a few people and so far have had two suggestions though I am not entirely happy with either:
A mythological woodland creature. I am not happy with this. If it’s supposed to be a faun or some such why are there no horns or hooves?
Adam in the Garden of Eden. If so, then presumably he has all his ribs intact and is awaiting the arrival of Eve after a nap. This is not an entirely satisfactory explanation either. If I were a Victorian planning to engrave an edenic scene then I should most probably opt for a tree, Adam, Eve and some strategically positioned fig leaves.
Does anyone have another more plausible suggestion? All replies gratefully received.