long title i know haha
whatever is on the plate (some sort of ammunition?) just doesn’t look right
it might be some sort of “twist” but it just doesn’t look right
better an empty plate
It does appear to be two shotgun shells. Which is a complete surprise and unexplained.
I think that I would add a source of light behind the viewer’s shoulder, and probably of a different color such as bluish. (For example, “there’s an open window back there.”) Not enough to spoil the drama of the light coming from the fireplace – which looks very good, by the way – but to help balance the lighting overall.