You are bidding on a complete set of Norman Rockwell's famous FOUR FREEDOMS limited edition plate set from 1976. They are all in their original Styrofoam boxes and I removed them from their plastic covers for the first time in order to photograph them for this auction . All four plates are in new, mint condition. Plates measure 10.5 inches in diameter, all are Limited Edition and created of fine china by Gorham Fine China. This series was inspired by a speech made by Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 16, 1941. In the President's speech, he had declared that t were four principles for universal rights: Freedom of Speech Freedom to Worship Freedom from Want Freedom from Fear In 1943, during the Second World War, Rockwell painted the "Four Freedoms". Norman Rockwell set out to give a visual definition to the four freedoms Roosevelt had eloquently verbalized. He devoted the better part of a year to a task he'd planned to complete in a couple of months. The time was well spent. From it emerged four self - descriptive paintings of sacred American ideals. Rockwell choose unpretentious subjects for these important paintings. He depicts average Americans doing everyday things that are the essence of our way of life. He used his special gift to help us see beyond the paintings...into ourselves. The paintings were first published by "The Saturday Evening Post" in four consecutive issues. The pictures became extremely popular and reprints of the covers were sold in vast quantities. Each plate has information on the back, printed in gold. An example: Norman Rockwell 'FREEDOM FROM WANT - Limited Edition AMERICA'S BEST LOVED ARTIST CAPTURES THE SPIRIT OF THE UNITED STATES IN HIS 'FOUR FREEDOMS' MASTERPIECES THAT PORTRAY THE BASIC PRINCIPLES UNDER WHICH THE PEOPLE OF OUR NATION HAVE FLOURISHED. GORHAM EST. 1831 FINE CHINA U.S.A. ©1975 SATURDAY EVENING POST INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
Stands are not included in the auction. I'm starting the bid low. This is a great time of year to celebrate our Four Freedoms and this complete set would make a wonderful holiday gift. Thanks for looking & good luck bidding!