James Baird (American, 1815-1897)|
Portrait of Steamboat (detail)
Oil on canvas, late 19th century
Leigh Keno has more than 35 years experience in the field of fine and decorative arts, and has helped build some of the top institutional and private collections of paintings, furniture and decorative arts in the world. Leigh has either advised or represented some of the country’s leading museums, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Deerfield, the Museum of the City of New York, Winterthur Museum, The Detroit Institute of Art, Chipstone Foundation and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
In 2001, Leigh was appointed by the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service to its Art Advisory Panel in Washington, D.C. In 2005, in the Oval Office, President George W. Bush awarded Leigh the National Humanities Medal for his role as an educator in the field of American History and Artifacts. Leigh has been a member of numerous professional dealer organizations, including the National Antique & Art Dealers Association (NADA). As an auctioneer who offers private client services, Leigh is a member the Antique Dealers Association of America (ADA).
Leigh holds a B.A. in Art History from Hamilton College and was a graduate fellow at Historic Deerfield, and a visiting scholar at Winterthur Museum. Starting in 1979, Leigh worked as an appraiser at and director of the American Furniture department at Doyle Galleries in New York City, and was a Vice President at Christie’s Appraisals. Leigh also served as a specialist in Christie’s American Furniture and Decorative Arts department which included compiling, cataloguing and selling some of the greatest American decorative arts in the world, setting world records in the process. In 1986, Leigh opened his own gallery specializing in important 18th to 20th century American paintings, furniture and decorative arts which he continued to operate until founding Keno Auctions in 2009.
Leigh lectures throughout the country and appears regularly as an appraiser on the Emmy Nominated PBS television program Antiques Roadshow. In 2000 Leigh co-authored Hidden Treasures: Searching for Masterpieces of American Furniture, which recounts some of his most memorable discoveries of American masterpieces. Since 2001, Leigh has written monthly furniture and design columns for House Beautiful and This Old House magazines and is currently Editor-at-Large for Traditional Home magazine. Most recently, Leigh was co-host of ‘Buried Treasure', a primetime television series on the Fox television network.