NORMAN ROCKWELL SANTA CHRISTMAS PLATE 1980
"SCOTTY PLAYS SANTA"
This piece is part of a private 1500 piece Santa Claus collection being downsized for relocation
Scene is reproduction of a painting done in 1957 and found in the private collection of Haynes Thompson
The front of the plate shows a little boy in his PJs trying on an obviously much too large Santa outfit
It bears the word "Christmas" along the top rim, the date "1980" on the center right, the words "Norman Rockwell" on the center left just below the society seal
This piece is authorized by The Rockwell Society of America
The certificate of authenticity, included, states:
"It is by certified that this plate Number 20425D is an authentic registered plate in the only edition of "Scotty Plays Santa" the sole official 1980 limited-edition Christmas plate endorsed and certified by this Society as a genuine "Rockwell Classic," a consumate expression of the genius of Norman Rockwell, the foremost artist of all time in the United States of America"
The certificate then also bears the seal of the "ROCKWELL SOCIETY OF AMERICA"
The back of the plate also bears the inscribed number 20425D and the following:
"Plate number 20425D of the first limited edition of "Scotty Plays Santa." The first edition in any form from the original oil painting by Norman Rockwell and certified by The Rockwell Society of America. The seventh in an annual series, made in a limited edition permanately closed by Edwin M. Knowles on December 23, 1980."
The back of the plate also bears the logo of the Knowles Company, the "The oldest name in American fine china"
The plate is 8 1/4 inches in diameter and is 3/4 inch high
Included with the plate and the certificate of authenticity is a four page booklet showing the plate and telling the story behind it
It is also shipped with its original shipping carton and packing
The piece is in EXCELLENT as-new condition with no chips, cracks, or flakes
Only used for Christmas time display
Excellent addition to your Santa Claus, Norman Rockwell, Bradford Exchange, or other plate collection