The New England Society’s 207th Annual Dinner Dance took place on Friday, November 9, 2012, at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. The Society honored Mr. Leigh Keno, President of Keno Auctions, and Mr. Leslie Keno, Director of the American Furniture and Decorative Arts Department at Sotheby’s, with the Reginald T. Townsend Award for their outstanding achievements representing the finest attributes of the New England character.

Photos from the event can be viewed and purchased on the Society Photos website.

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About the 2012 Townsend Award Honorees: Leigh Keno & Leslie Keno

2012 Townsend Award Honorees Leigh Keno and Leslie Keno

2012 Townsend Award Honorees Leigh Keno and Leslie Keno

Mr. Leigh Keno’s lifelong immersion in the world of art and antiques has made him one of the foremost experts in the field. He holds a bachelor’s degree in the history of art from Hamilton College, and was a graduate fellow at Historic Deerfield in Massachusetts. He formed Leigh Keno American Antiques in 1986, where he handled an impressive variety of American furniture, folk art, and paintings including several masterpieces setting world-record prices at auction. He operated Leigh Keno American Antiques until founding Keno Auctions in 2009.

Mr. Leslie Keno has also been active in the antiques field since childhood. A graduate of Williams College, he joined Sotheby’s American Furniture and Decorative Arts department in 1980, and was made director in 1983. At Sotheby’s, he has been directly responsible for numerous record-breaking sales of Americana, including the 2005 sale of the Nicholas Brown tea table attributed to John Goddard. Estimated at $2-5 million, the table achieved a spectacular $8.4 million, an auction record for any table and the second-highest price for American furniture.

Together, the Keno brothers lecture extensively, and volunteer each year as benefit auctioneers for charitable events across the country. In 2000, they co-authored Hidden Treasures: Searching for Masterpieces of American Furniture, which recounts some of their most memorable discoveries. In 2005, the President awarded them the National Humanities Medal. Please join us to celebrate two of the foremost experts in American antiques.

Event Photos

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