A wonderfully fanciful porcelain center bowl modeled as a sea shell acting as a fishing boat with 3 passengers (Venus figure and 2 youths) and a fishing net. Venus looks on with concern as one youth has gone overboard into the fish net while the other youth appears pleased about the whole thing. This group measures 18 in. in length, 12 in. in height and 8 inches in width. There is no identifying mark. Several depictions of this theme exist in varying quality ranges. We rank this one toward the top end. Faultless condition. C. 1890. Austrian.