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    Sale 2034

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    21 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 33

    A PAIR OF ROYAL CROWN DERBY 'JEWELED' PINK AND GOLD GROUND VASES AND COVERS

    DATE CYPHER FOR 1899, IRON-RED CROWNED MONOGRAM MARKS, INCISED SHAPE NO. 1196, SIGNED (DESIRE) LEROY

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    A PAIR OF ROYAL CROWN DERBY 'JEWELED' PINK AND GOLD GROUND VASES AND COVERS
    DATE CYPHER FOR 1899, IRON-RED CROWNED MONOGRAM MARKS, INCISED SHAPE NO. 1196, SIGNED (DESIRE) LEROY
    Each of broad shield shape flanked by upright scroll handles, the domed cover with flower-bud finial, finely painted with a tight bouquet including a pink rose within a raised gilt cartouche, the reverse with a sprig of forget-me-nots, the cover, neck and quatrefoil apron foot enriched with turquoise 'jewels'
    4¾ in. (12 cm.) high (4)


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    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.