Sleeping Endymion

Italian (Sesto Fiorentino)
18th century
about 1755–65
Made at Doccia Manufactory (Italy), After Agostino Cornacchini (Italian (Roman), 1686–1754)

Place of Manufacture: Sesto Fiorentino, Tuscany, Italy


Overall: 42 x 21 x 19cm (16 9/16 x 8 1/4 x 7 1/2in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glazed hard-paste porcelain

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)





A glazed porcelain figure group representing the shepherd Endymion, asleep on a rockwork base and leaning on his right arm, a dog asleep at his feet. Above his left shoulder rises billowing clouds, surmounted by a crescent moon.


Possibly a private collection, Lombardy. By 1996, acquired on the art market by Galleria Lukacs & Donath, Rome [see note 1]. By 2001, Giovanni Pratesi, Florence; sold by Giovanni Pratesi to Trinity Fine Art, London; 2002, sold by Trinity Fine Art to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 25, 2002)

[1] The provenance was provided by John Winter of Trinity Fine Art to the MFA (correspondence of July 19, 2002). The work was exhibited at Galleria Lukacs & Donath in 1996 ("Settecento Europeo e Barocco Toscano," November 16-December 7), cat. no. 61.

Credit Line

Frank B. Bemis Fund