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A pair of moulded glass paste medallions of Endymion, Rome, second half 18th Century.

After the antique originals in the Villa Albani, Rome by Mr. Reiffenstein, Councillor to the Landgraf of Hesse Cassel, 15.9cm.

In original giltwood frames, 31.8cm by 28cm; inscribed by Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793).

In Greek mythology Endymion was an Aeolian shepherd loved by Selene, the Titan goddess of the moon.

Johann Friedrich Reiffenstein (1719-1793), was a German cicerone, or guide, for Grand Tourists.

He was also a painter, an antiquarian and an agent for art collectors in 18th Century Rome.


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