By the way denny uttered the
"it's still a pretty rug" quote when he finally saw in person the bogus 'bellini' dennis dodds unloaded on the Collector's Committee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art(LACMA).
This was also when denny agreed with RK by publicly stating the bellini was NOT a 16th century masterpiece example but one made "during the period 1650-1750, and probably at the end of that continuum".
Congratulations to denny for being honest about his mistake of recommending the purchase, but so much for denny's abilities as an expert who should have been able to easily understand the subtle but apparent differences between a masterpiece 16th century example and a later genre copy from a photograph.
And a clearly uncomfortable jon thompson uttered his "its a contentious issue" quote also about the dodds bellini at LACMA in Los Angeles when an actor hired by RK confronted him after his talk about the Ardibil Carpet.
The fact thompson refused to discuss his approval of the purchase, or to like denny admit his error in recommending the purchase, is surely a "contentious issue" for him, one jon thompson will eventually have to face.
But both denny and thompson, not to mention dodds, have gotten away with their errors of judgment, their reputations remain unscathed.
It is this failure, more than anything else RK could mention, that highlights the inability of the oriental rug collecting community to self-govern and to take action against those who deserve to be judged and called-out for their actions.
And this not only stinks, it is the proverbial rotten core of rugDUMB.