Norman Rockwell collectors plates

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2015-06-26 10:42:23

Norman Rockwell collectors plates are collectible ceramic plates featuring the work of the celebrated American artist Norman Rockwell (1894 – 1978).

 

Background and career

Norman Rockwell was an artist and illustrator renowned for his depictions of American life. He famously spent 40 years creating covers for the magazine The Saturday Evening Post, along with numerous calendars, book illustrations, posters, murals, postage stamps and over 4,000 original paintings.

Collectors plate manufacturers

There are a wide range of plates based on Rockwell’s work, issued from the early 1970s onwards by several different manufacturers including:

  • Knowles China
  • Gorham Fine China
  • Bradford Exchange

  • Islandia International

  • Royal Devon

  • Goebel
  • The Danbury Mint
  • Ridgewood Fine China
  • Fairmont China
  • River Shore Ltd

Collecting Norman Rockwell plates

Norman Rockwell is one of the most popular artists for plate collectors, and a large selection of his work has been reproduced meaning there are numerous designs to choose from.
Some collectors choose to focus on a particular series of works, such as ‘The Four Seasons’, ‘The American family’ or ‘Willie Gillis’. Others collect plates by subject matter such as Christmas, Baseball, World War II or Boy Scouts.

Some of the rarest and most popular plates are limited edition Christmas designs produced during the 1970s. Many of these are early plates from an annual series of Holiday designs, produced in increasingly greater numbers to this day.

However, in the case of Norman Rockwell plates ‘limited edition’ can still mean 15,000 – 20,000. These large numbers mean that practically every Rockwell collectors plate ever produced can be found with relative ease though online auctions or dealers. It also means that, whilst highly popular with many collectors, they are unlikely to increase in value over time.

Many examples can be found for less than $10 on sites such as eBay, and dealers will offer mint-condition boxed examples including authentication certificates from around $30.

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