The title of "dr" jon thompson's coming talk in Los Angeles, California is "Thoughts about Turkmen Weavings".
However, if "dr" jon thompson had any honesty or personal integrity he would be talking about his role in the dennis dodds "bellini" carpet fiasco.
It is truly astounding "dr" jon thompson has the audacity to appear in Los Angeles and do anything but beg forgiveness for approving the late genre period reproduction "bellini" carpet, dodds ripped-off the Collector's Committee of the Los Angeles County Art Museum(LACMA) to the tune of 250,000 dollars, for purchase.
Everyone who knows the difference between a bellini cocktail and a museum quality 16th century Turkish Bellini carpet realizes dodds is a thief and thompson's rug knowledge is either is too uniformed to know a real Bellini from a later period reproduction or he was in on the game and received money from dodds for approving the purchase for LACMA.
RK has challenged thompson to meet us on a stage to defend his stupid and ignorant opinion the dodds "bellini" is a genuine 16th century example. But to date thompson has not responded or even acknowledged our challenge.
RK has posted a video here on RugKazbah.com of thompson refusing to discuss his role in the "bellini" purchase. The video was made on thompson's last visit to Los Angeles when he spoke at LACMA.
And still thompson refuses to face the mess he was instrumental in causing.
All this and thompson now has the balls to go to Los Angeles again to talk about anything else?
Please: What a bald-faced carpet-bagging pond-scum like "dr" jon thompson needs is to be dragged onto a public platform, made to apologize to LACMA, their Collector's Committee and admit he was totally wrong in his approving the dodds "bellini" for purchase.
It is truly a shame a three time loser like "dr" jon thompson continues to enjoy a sterling reputation, only in RugDUMB could someone of thompson's ilk be anywhere other than ostracized to Siberia.
For those of you who don't know about the three highly public and embarrassing errors "dr" jon thompson has made let RK list them:
1. The Washington Textile Museum catalog's Imreli nonsense where thompson tried and then miserably failed to prove his contention certain Turkmen weavings war made by the Imreli group.
But worse than his piss-poor scholarship was his trying to laugh off his errors by saying it was all a big joke.
2. The reproduction and FAKE second "Faces" rug fragment "dr" jon thompson approved for purchase by a very high profile collector who has now left rug buying behind and is off the scene thanks in no part to his being fooled and cheated by listening to thompson and others who told him the fragment was ancient.
3. The dodds "bellini" carpet affair and continuing coverup of the truth and facts which prove the rug is a late genre period reproduction far more suitable for a dog to sleep on than for a museum to own.
This is why LACMA has consigned the "bellini" rug to the sub-basement where it will gather dust for many years to come.
That is "dr" jon thompson's record in RugDUMB and by the way the reason RK puts "" around the dr part of thompson's name is for the simple fact he is a medical doctor and can rightly use that title in medicine but since thompson is no longer involved in medicine his continued use of the 'dr" title shows what a poseur and cheap-trick he truly is.
RK hopes someone will go to the talk, the press release is shown below, and have the courage and honesty to question thompson and get him to face the music for his dumbass approving dodds's "bellini" for purchase by LACMA and his counting to try and cover it up.
Dr. Jon Thompson will hold a lecture “Turkmen Weavings: Some Thoughts on their Vocabulary of Ornament” 27 October 2012 at 10.00 am for the Textile Museum Associates of Southern California. This lecture will take place at Rug Ideas Oriental Rug Gallery in Los Angeles.
According to the information from TMA/SC’s Cheri Hunter this presentation will examine several Turkmen motifs in detail. It will discuss their various sources, the transformations they have undergone, and in some cases their remarkable antiquity. It will also emphasize some of the pitfalls in this kind of art historical enquiry.
“Turkmen rugs are hot stuff in the collectors world today. Dr. Jon Thompson who is a world caliber rug scholar and researcher is coming to Los Angeles from London to deliver a talk in our rug gallery” said Khosrow Sobhe, President at Rug Ideas.