Désiré Leroy apprenticed at the Sèvres factory in the mid 19th century. At the age of 38, he moved from France to take an appointment at Minton. In 1890, he was engaged and given his own studio by Royal Crown Derby Porcelain Company where he remained until his death in 1908.
A contemporary commentator described his work as 'deserving of great praise...These for neatness, delicate manipulation, and artistic refinement, cannot be surpassed, and this is the character of all his work.'
See John Twitchett and Betty Bailey, Royal Crown Derby, Suffolk, 1988, p. 121, pl. 43 for a vase of similar shape, pl. 37b for Leroy's original drawing of this form, and p. 84-86 for a discussion on Leroy's distinguished career. Also see the note to lot 31 of this sale.