A highly accomplished appraiser and decorative and fine arts specialist, Leigh Keno is the founder of Keno Auctions and the head of Keno Art Advisory, where he guides buyers and sellers through the complex process of art acquisition and deaccessioning. He has assisted such renowned institutions as the Museum of the City of New York, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Colonial Williamsburg.
In 2005, President George W. Bush honored Leigh Keno with the National Humanities Medal in recognition of his contributions to American history and American decorative arts education.
An accomplished author, Leigh Keno co-wrote Hidden Treasures: Searching for Masterpieces of American Furniture, which details some of the most notable discoveries he has made of American masterpieces. In 1980, Mr. Keno’s article on the “Windsor Chairmakers of Northhampton, Massachusetts 1790-1810” was published in The Magazine Antiques. In the mid-90’s he co-authored two ground-breaking articles on Boston chairs for the scholarly Journal, American Furniture. These two revolutionary articles forever changed the decorative art world assessment of Boston chairs, as well as formerly New York and Newport chairs resulting in the relabeling of literally thousands of chairs cataloged in America’s major museums, private collections and catalogued daily at auction houses throughout the United States. Since 2001, Mr. Keno has written monthly columns on furniture and design topics for publications such as House Beautiful and This Old House. He serves as editor-at-large for Traditional Home magazine and appears regularly as an appraiser on the PBS television program Antiques Roadshow.
In his free time, Mr. Keno enjoys taking trips with his family (which includes a labradoodle), catch and release fly-fishing, vintage car racing, and judging vintage automobiles at Concours d’Elegance across the country.