One vase is painted with a continuous scene from the Stations of the Cross.
This depicts Simon the Cyrenian taking the weight of the cross from the shoulders of the fallen figure of Christ whilst Veronica proffers her veil to Christ who is goaded by Roman soldiers.
Two figures observe the event from the middle distance.
The other vase depicts Christ’s agony in the garden.
The scenes occupy the central zone between convex sections decorated with putti, scroll cartouches and lion masks, all on a millefiore ground.
The splayed feet and domed covers are similarly decorated, 52.7cm.
The mediaeval hill town of Castelli in the Abruzzo has long been known for its majolica wares.
They were particularly popular with the English nobility and other Grand Tourists from the 16th to the 18th Centuries and are still made in the town to this day.