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Employment History


  • M.B.A.
    Columbia University
  • B.A.
    University of California at Berkeley
  • M.A. , art history
    University of California at Berkeley
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Jonathan M. Markell, 70, a ..., 10 Feb 2016 [cached]
Jonathan M. Markell, 70, a resident of the Westchester district of Los Angeles and the owner of Silk Roads Design Gallery (which previously was located on North La Brea Avenue and now operates in the Jefferson Park district of Los Angeles), was sentenced by United States District Judge Dean D. Pregerson, who called Markell's crimes "significant."
Markell previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to smuggle stolen antiquities into the United States by making false declarations to U.S. Customs authorities.
In a second case, Markell pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit tax fraud. Markell admitted smuggling antiquities from Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, and China into the United States for sale in his art gallery. Markell knew that many of the antiquities had been looted from the site of an ancient civilization located in Ban Chiang, Thailand, which the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated as a "World Heritage" site. An expert on Southeast Asian archaeology testified in court that the looting of the Ban Chiang sites, which are thousands of years old, to supply galleries like Markell's was "devastating to the archaeology of Thailand."
Once in possession of the looted antiquities in the United States, Markell engaged in a tax fraud scheme by promoting and participating in a false charitable deduction scheme. After obtaining the Thai antiquities, most of which were from the Ban Chiang culture, Markell bundled the antiquities into "charitable donation packages" that were donated to charitable institutions such as museums and universities. Markell prepared fraudulent appraisals in order to falsely inflate the value of the antiquities, and he provided the appraisals to co-conspirators, who used the fraudulent documents to claim inflated charitable donation tax deductions.
Silk Roads Gallery, 24 Sept 2007 [cached]
Jon Markell,
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For example, during the investigation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Jonathan Markell of the Silk Roads Gallery discouraged an undercover agent from trying to pass any questionable material to the museum by stating that collections managers at LACMA were "sticklers for having good provenance" [16].
Two Los Angeles gallery owners were ..., 25 Dec 2007 [cached]
Two Los Angeles gallery owners were under investigation: Robert Olson and Silk Roads Gallery owner Jonathan Markell.
The undercover agent allegedly paid $1,500 to Markell, who declared a value of nearly $5,000 to the museum.
Markell allegedly sent an e-mail to Sidner claiming his piece came from a now-deceased former curator at LACMA and were all imported before Thai export restrictions took effect.
Markell is pictured with his wife and the Dalai Lama on the Silk Roads Gallery Web site.According to their bio page, both Jonathan Markell and his wife serve on the board of the South and Southeast Asian Arts Council of LACMA, which is under investigation.Jonathan Markell was also a board member of the Southeast Asian Council of The Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, also under investigation.
Silk Roads Gallery, 24 Dec 2007 [cached]
Cari and Jon Markell, owners of Silk Roads Design Gallery, together have 40 years experience as dealers of Asian art. Cari has a B.A. from Boston University in art history and M.A. from the University of Chicago. Jon has a B.A. and an M.A. in art history from the University of California at Berkeley and M.B.A. from Columbia University. He is a candidate-member of ASA (the American Society of Appraisers).
Jon and Cari are members of numerous art organizations and museums. Jon was a board member and Programs Chair of The Ethnic Arts Council of Los Angeles, Cari was a board member of the Southeast Asian Council of The Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, and they both currently serve on the board of the South and Southeast Asian Arts Council of the LA County Museum.
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