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  • Place of origin:

    Urbino (made)

  • Date:

    1536 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Avelli, Francesco Xanto (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 40, shelf 7

Physical description

Plate symbolising 'Discords of Italy'. To the left an old man and woman are seated in despair on a rock, to the right, Italy as a woman stands bleeding with dishevelled hair and holding a torn shield and broken spear. In the centre a cupid with bow is carrying off his quiver. In black, on the back an inscription '1536 Di tua discordia Italia il premio hor hai F:co. X Rov', translated as 'Of thy discord, Italy, though hast now the reward.'

Place of Origin

Urbino (made)


1536 (made)


Avelli, Francesco Xanto (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware

Marks and inscriptions

Di tua discordia Italia il premio hor hai
Of thy discord, Italy, though hast now the reward

1536 F:co. X Rov
1536 Francesco Xanto Rovigese


Diameter: 26 cm

Descriptive line

Plate depicting an allegory of the 'Discords of Italy', tin-glazed earthenware, made by Francesco Xanto Avelli, Urbino, 1536

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Mallet, J.V.G, Xanto: Pottery-painter, Poet, Man of the Italian Renaissance (London: The Wallace Collection, 2007)





Subjects depicted

Allegory; Despair


Ceramics; Earthenware; Maiolica


Ceramics Collection

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