Leigh and Leslie Keno, the pair of knowledgeable, passionate twins synonymous with PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, have become icons in the world of antiques and the recognition that has earned them success in the auction world has now expanded to include furniture design, an extension of their brand and talent that we are eager to share with KDR customers. Beyond the hit series, Leigh owns and operates Keno Auctions in NYC and Leslie is currently the Senior VP and Director of American Furniture and Decorative Arts for Sotheby’s. It goes without saying that these two recognize quality design and craftsmanship and their attention to detail is unparalleled.
Several years ago the brothers were attending High Point Market and came across a reproduction of a mahogany Chippendale table that had recently sold at Sotheby’s for $8.4 million. Beyond impressed with the quality, the brothers discovered the piece was from the Rep.li.ca line from Theodore Alexander and quickly set up a meeting with CEO Harvey Dondero. From that moment, and to our delight, a beautiful partnership was born.
Since the line’s inception in 2010, new pieces have been introduced at every market, spring and fall. The collection offers versatile pieces inspired by a range of periods from the 18thcentury to mid-century modern. The brothers can be heard time and again professing their love of the S-curve in design and it’s apparent throughout the collection. The elegant lines of Queen Anne-style pieces have been streamlined into organic, sculptural forms and are a study in perfect proportion. The use of lesser known, exotic wood species (ofram, louro preto and sapele to name a few) with unique grains lend added texture and visual interest to their designs. The patterns, grains and seamless, sensual qualities found in the Keno Brothers’ designs function well as stand-alone statement pieces just as easily as they can feel at home in traditional to eclectic interiors.
A Few of the Collection’s Best Selling Pieces Include the Stream table in Figured Ofram Veneer, The Tall Fine Point II Table in Ofram Veneer and Slope Arm Chair in Mahogany with Hand Woven Cane
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