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    Friday, August 4th, 2017

    The Aran jumper. Image courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland.

    An Aran jumper from the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, at Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, is to feature in a new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.  The history and impact of the Aran jumper will be explored in Items: Is Fashion Modern?, alongside a host of well-known fashion designs such an example of the biker jacket from the 1950s; a Wonderbra; a Birkin bag; a 1960s Breton shirt; a pair of Levi’s 501 jeans from the 1940s; and a collection of Little Black Dresses.  The exhibition is due to open in the autumn.

    The jumper is a cream, knitted piece from 1940 made from a heavy, scoured wool. The patterns are different front and back. The centre panel on one side has a diamond stitch and the centre of the other side consists of a trellis openwork pattern with bobbles.  It is currently being prepared by the conservation team at the National Museum of Ireland to be transported to MoMA ahead of the exhibition opening on October 1. According to MoMA, each of the 111 items explored in the exhibition were selected because they have had a “profound impact on the world over the last century”.


    Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

    With work by Basil Blackshaw, George Campbell, Peter Blake and Mark O’Neill the current sale of Irish art online at Morgan O’Driscoll runs until Tuesday, August 8.   There are 189 lots on offer, including 15 pieces of sculpture.   The sale is on view throughout the August Bank Holiday weekend at Morgan O’Driscoll’s headquarters in Skibbereen in scenic west Cork.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Mark O’Neill (b.1963)
    Vintage Red (2,000-3,0000  UPDATE: THIS AMDE 1,800 AT HAMMER

    Peter Blake (b.1932) British
    Paul Weller’s Stanley Road (2003)
    limited edition silkscreen print, numbered 65 from an edition of 250 with 20 AP
    signed by both Peter Blake & Paul Weller (4,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,800 AT HAMMER

    John Minihan (b.1946)
    Lady Diana Spencer, photographed with children at London Kindergarten, September 1980
    silver gelatin print no 7 from an edition of 25 (1,000-1,500)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,000 AT HAMMER

    Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (1932-2016)
    The Grey Van (2,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,000 AT HAMMER

    George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)
    Azcelt Vertical Complex (4,000-6,000) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

    Handbags by Cartier, Fendi, Dior and Chanel will feature at Dolan’s summer art and antiques auction in Ballyconneely, Connemara on Bank Holiday Monday August 7 and Tuesday August 8.  Viewing for this 500 lot two day sale gets underway on August 3.  The catalogue is online. Here are some handbags.

    A Dior bag

    A Fendi bead bag

    A Fendi suede bag

    Cartier Handbag In Bordeaux Leather (600-800)