These spectacular life-size figures of putti holding vases can be compared with a pair of Florentine carved figures in the Palazzo Ginori, Florence, with exotic plumed costumes holding a monumental Guadalajara earthenware vase (A. González-Palacios, Il Tempio del Gusto, La Toscana e L'Italia Settentrionale, Milan, 1984, vol. II, pp. 219 & 418).
The decoration of these vases is in imitation of the 'Delft Cashmire' pattern, which was an elaborate polychrome and gilded tin-glazed earthenware made by the potters of Delft during the late 17th and early 18th Century. The distinctive palette was essentially a deep-iron-red-based version of the Japanese 'Imari' (red, blue, green and gilt), an idea perhaps originated by the potters of Rouen and copied in Delft, or vice-versa. The patterns themselves are interpretations of the patterns on the much-coveted Chinese porcelains of the mid-18th Century, hence the designs of birds and insects in flight over pierced rockwork within lappet-shaped borders.