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Item/Description: Vintage 1980 mint-in-box “The Ship Builder" limited edition, numbered “5584L” Rockwell Heritage Collection 4th-in-a-series decorative porcelain collector plate by renowned Americana artist Norman Rockwell, issued by The Bradford Exchange, and still retaining its original “Rockwell Society of America” Certificate of Authenticity (COA) and documentation.
***COA reads: “Certificate of Authenticity. It is hereby certified that this plate number 5584L is an authentic registered plate in the only edition of ‘The Ship Builder’ the fourth plate in the limited-edition Rockwell Heritage Collection - the first series to pay tribute to the unique panoramic history of life in Twentieth-Century America which has been painted by Norman Rockwell. It is officially endorsed and certified by this Society as a true ‘Rockwell Classic’ and a consummate expression of the genius of the foremost artist of all time in the United States of America. Approved for release ‘S.H.’ for Edwin M. Knowles China Company. Attested by President, The Rockwell Society of America, Stony Brook, New York...”
***Front of Plate depicts: A 1922 image painted by Norman Rockwell for “Literary Digest” and now preserved in a fine china collector’s plate: that of the special bond between young and old and their warm response to each other - namely: an old man intensely concentrating on the delicate model ship before him, and his young grandson raptly and attentively watching him while a Parrot Bird rests on the elder grandfather’s shoulder...
***Reverse side of Plate (in addition to containing the manufacturer info) reads: "...Plate Number (#) 5584L) of the only limited edition of ‘The Ship Builder’ by Norman Rockwell. Fourth in the Rockwell Heritage Collection. Made in a limited edition permanently closed in 1980 by Knowles and certified as a ‘true Rockwell classic’ by the Rockwell Society of America..."
Age/Period: Dated 1980
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings: Knowles 1854 The Oldest Name in American Fine China + Official Rockwell Society of America Corporate Seal 1980 + Bradex Number 84-70-3.4.
Material(s)/Format: Porcelain china.
Size/Measurements: 8 5/8" in circumference