1971 Norman Rockwell Collection: Summer - The Mysterious Malady

Gorham Fine China

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1 lb., 6.5 oz.
10.5" diameter
Kitchen, Dining Room



As stated on the backside of this gorgeous decorative plate, Norman Rockwell was one of America’s best-loved artists. Rockwell captured “the warmth and spirit of this country (the United States) and its people for all times and generations.”

This fine-china plate of Norman Rockwell’s Four Seasons series of 1958 was designed and produced by Gorham Fine China in 1971. The second plate in the series, “Summer — The Mysterious Malady,” depicts a Depression-era, barefoot boy in flannel shirt and jeans pouring a liquid into a spoon he intends to give his sad-looking and apparently ailing dog. Rockwell’s signature appears on the lower right of the plate.

This plate is in excellent vintage condition, free of any cracks, crazing or marks. The colors of the Rockwell illustration remain vivid and charming.

“Summer — The Mysterious Malady,” the second plate of the Four Seasons series by Norman Rockwell, would make for a delightful housewarming gift or one for a special occasion, such as a birthday, anniversary or holiday. For those who collect plates of any Norman Rockwell series, this superb plate will add value to such collections.

About the Artist

Norman Percevel Rockwell (born: February 3, 1894; died: November 8, 1978) was a 20th-century American author, painter and illustrator. His works have a broad popular appeal in the United States for their reflection of American culture. Rockwell is most famous for the cover illustrations of everyday life he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine over nearly five decades.

Among the best-known of Rockwell’s works are the Willie Gillis series, Rosie the Riveter, The Problem We All Live with, Saying Grace, and the Four Freedoms series. He also is noted for his 64-year relationship with the Boys Scouts of America, during which he produced covers for their publication Boys' Life, calendars, and other illustrations.

Many of his finest series were printed on decorative plates.