SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Leslie Keno, a leading authority on American furniture best known for his appraisals on the PBS television series “Antiques Roadshow” will give a lecture on “Hidden Treasures: Searching for Masterpieces of American Furniture” on Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West 10 Mile Road, Southfield.
The presentation, which is part of the A. Alfred Taubman Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Architecture Building auditorium.
Keno is a senior vice president and director of American furniture and decorative arts at Sotheby’s. He and his twin brother Leigh have appeared as furniture appraisers on “Antiques Roadshow” since 1997. They have also hosted the public television series “Find!” and the internet show “Collect This!” on MSN’s Tech & Gadgets guide site.
In 2000, the Keno brothers co-authored a book on antique furniture with Joan Barzilay Freund, “Hidden Treasures: Searching for Masterpieces of American Furniture.” In 2005, both were awarded the National Humanities Medal, and in 2008 they joined First Lady Laura Bush on a tour of the White House that was televised on the History Channel.
Keno, 55, joined Sotheby’s as a cataloguer in 1980, and was appointed director of the American Furniture and Decorative Arts Department in 1983. He has been directly responsible for numerous record-breaking sales of Americana, including the $8.4 million sale of the Nicholas Brown tea table attributed to John Goddard in 2005.
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student groups and NAIA varsity sports.