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Antique Royal Crown Derby Ewer by Desire Leroy

An antique Royal Crown Derby two handled Ewer, shape number 768, "vase, unusual,"cone body with shell shaped top, white enamel, similar to pate-sur-pate, botanical study upon rose du barri ground, and signed (Desire) Leroy.  The vase is 10 1/4” height, 4 5/8” diameter (base); the shell shaped top is 3 1/16” height, and 1 7/8”  width (widest point).  Royal Crown Derby puce printed mark with date cypher for 1891, “England,” Royal Coat of Arms and “By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen.”  There are some illegible inscribed marks on the bottom of the ewer. 

shell shaped top

white enamel botanical study upon rose du barri ground

signed (Desire) Leroy

10 1/4” height

4 5/8” diameter (base)

gold trim

top view

Royal Crown Derby year cyphers, Geoffrey A. Godden, “Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks”, page 204.  “Possibly the most striking successful contribution was his (Desire Leroy) use of white enamel upon ground colors such as Derby blue, turquoise, or rose du barri grounds.” John Twitchett and Betty Bailey, “Royal Crown Derby,” page 84.

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Antique Royal Crown Derby Ewer Desire Leroy

illegible inscribed marks on the bottom of the ewer

puce printed marks Royal Warrant with

“BY APPOINTMENT TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN,”

“Royal Crown Derby”

with date cypher 1891, and “ENGLAND

“Possibly the most striking successful contribution was his (Desire Leroy) use of white enamel upon ground colors such as Derby blue, turquoise, or rose du barri grounds.”

Royal Crown Derby puce printed mark with date cypher for 1891, “England,” Royal Coat of Arms and “By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen.”  There are some illegible inscribed marks on the bottom of the ewer.

white enamel butterfly and flower

white enameled botanical study upon rose du barri ground

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