Not content with making a huge fool of himself once this week, professor clown has done it again.
RK knows better than to be astounded by his ignorance and posts this here for laughs, as steev price is so far below RK we can hardly hear him when he bleats:
"In another thread I mentioned a rant going on about the dating of a Turkish village rug recently purchased by a major museum."
The clown's understanding of the situation or the carpet is extremely limited, he doesn't even know the museum did not purchase it. It was purchased with outside funds that have virtually nothing to do with the museum. Soon RK will detail just how this went down.
"The seller, very well known and considered highly knowledgable, represented it as 17th century."
True, true, dodds is well known, especially for extreme over-dating and charging prices that are equally over-estimated and unrealistic. And while price=clown and other novices might consider him highly knowledgeable Rk and numerous other experienced folks don't. By the way price=clown can’t spell the word knowledgeable.
"Two other well known figures, with academic credentials in related areas, confirmed this opinion."
Again the rug idiot can't get the facts straight, let alone come up with meaningful analysis of them. There were three vetters and yes, they have credentials but, since they all agreed with dodds's circa 1600 dating, maybe they should stick to their related fields instead of trying to play rug experts?
"Their antagonist generated a list of characteristics that he claims are universal in Turkish village rugs of that age, that are absent from this rug."
The list of obvious errors and mistakes RK.com published are just a few of the signs dodds's rug is the dud we have called it. Too bad professor clown's overly pedantic mini-mind-set can't understand their significance.
"If these really were universal in 17th century Turkish village rugs, his argument would be powerful. But he cites no evidence that his claim is true."
If price=clown knew anything about Early Turkish Village weavings he would know how powerful these and others that could be cited actually are.
"An even bigger problem is that there are very few Turkish village rugs that can be proven to be of such age, so a sample size large enough to be significant doesn't even exist."
While this might sound good to a midget brain like price anyone who has intensively studied them knows there are numerous pieces that when compared with dodds's dud prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, what a late copy it is.
"Bottom line: the rug's actual age is a matter of opinion, not a matter of fact."
Here we are in agreement but anyone who is even conversant, let alone knowledgeable, with Early Turkish Village pile weavings would hold the opinion dodds's rug is what we say it is - a late copy that doesn't belong in a museum of the stature of LACMA.
Yes, we know citing the idiotic and worthless comments of a rug poser like steev price only makes him more important. However, in the rug world there are many others who share his stupid viewpoints and limited vision. Our dissecting steev's dumb take on a subject like this also sends a message to the legions of these other rug posers who, like him, believe the academic degrees and rug world kudos folks like dodds, denny, thompson, mackie, et. al. have been accorded proves them to be infallible.
In fact it doesn’t. And it's truly sad LACMA was dazzled by the three stooges and their supposed reputations. But had the gluckman done proper due diligence, the facts of the dodds's story (some of which are already known to our readers and more will be forthcoming) would have been enough, even for an inexperienced curator like her, to demonstrate purchasing this rug would only be an error and, in the end, a major embarrassment.
Need we say more to a clown like price, the myriad of other dis-believers he represents and ms gluckman?