Leigh Keno is president of Keno Auctions, a full-service auction house based in Manhattan. During the past 25 plus years, he has helped build some of the top institutional and private collections of American furniture, painting and decorative arts in the world.
Leigh Keno’s lifelong immersion in the world of art and decorative arts has made him one of the foremost experts in the field. He holds a B.A. in the History of Art from Hamilton College, was a graduate fellow at Historic Deerfield, and a visiting scholar at Winterthur Museum. Leigh worked as the Director of the American Furniture Department at Doyle Galleries in New York City as well as Vice President of Appraisals and Specialist in the American Furniture Department at Christie’s in New York. In 1986, Leigh opened his gallery specializing in 18th to 20th-century American furniture and decorative arts which he continued to operate until he founded Keno Auctions in 2009.
Leigh lectures throughout the country and appears regularly on the popular PBS television program Antiques Roadshow. In 2000, Leigh and his twin brother, Leslie, authored Hidden Treasures: Searching for Masterpieces of American Furniture which recounts some of their most memorable furniture discoveries. Since 2001, Leigh and Leslie have written monthly furniture and design columns for House Beautiful and This Old House magazines and they are currently Editors-at-Large for Traditional Home magazine.
In 2005, the President awarded both Leigh and Leslie with the National Humanities Medal. As a dealer, prior to opening Keno Auctions, Leigh was a member of numerous professional dealer organizations including the Antiques Dealers’ Association of America and the National Antique & Art Dealers Association of America.
Leigh and his brother Leslie care deeply about the preservation of both antiques and autos. Please click here to read an article he co-authored with his brother.
Leigh and Keno Auctions were recently featured in an article on 1stdibs. You can read the full article at Eye On Designs - Leigh Keno.