Léonard Morel-Ladeuil was born in 1820 to a family of master tailors, and moved to Paris where he was taught by his cousin. He later apprenticed with the sculptor Jean-Jacques Feuchère. In 1859, Morel-Ladeuil moved to Birmingham, where he worked with British manufacturers Elkington & Co for over 20 years. He exhibited works at the Great Exhibitions of Paris, Vienna and Philadelphia, winning numerous medals.
L. Morel, L'oeuvre de Morel-Ladeuil: Sculpteur-Ciseleur 1820-1888, Paris, 1904, p. 190; Catalogue Complet des Oevres d’Orfèvrerie de Morel-Ladeuil de 1851 à 1888, Paris, p. 39.
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