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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

Collection code


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