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  • Plate
    Avelli, Francesco Xanto, born 1481 - died 1546
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  • Place of origin:

    Urbino, [Italy] (made)

  • Date:

    1540 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Avelli, Francesco Xanto, born 1481 - died 1546 (workshop of, maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics Study Galleries, Asia & Europe, room 137, case 40, shelf 7

Physical description

Tin glazed earthenware plate depicting the burial of Leucothoe. In front of a low wall Leucothoe is seen in an open grave with a torch burning above it and a youth on the right shovelling earth upon her. Cupid flies above holding a veil. To the left stand her father and mother, a mitred priest and another man beside a house. On the back, concentric circles in yellow and, in black, the inscription '1540 Sottrata Leucothoe dal padre uiua. X'.

Place of Origin

Urbino, [Italy] (made)


1540 (dated)


Avelli, Francesco Xanto, born 1481 - died 1546 (workshop of, maker)

Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware

Marks and inscriptions

'1540 Sottrata leocothoe dal padre uiua. X' Leucothoe interred alive by her father


Diameter: 27.5 cm

Object history note

Formerly Bernal Collection.

Purchase price note: Bought for £10 5s.

Descriptive line

Plate, '1540 Sottrata leocothoe dal padre uiua. X' painted on back, made in Xanto workshop, Urbino, dated 1540, tin-glazed earthenware

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

Rackham, Bernard. Catalogue of Italian maiolica. London : H.M.S.O., 1977.

Exhibition History

Masterpieces of Italian Renaissance Maiolica (V&A 22/09/2012-06/05/2013)

Labels and date

Made in Xanto, Urbino, Italy dated 1540
1540 Sottrata leocothoe dal padre uiua. X
Tin-glazed earthenware

1695-1855 Formerly Bernal Collection [16/07/2008]




Tin glazing


Ceramics; Maiolica; Earthenware

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