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Keno Auctions Fall Sale

James Andrew at the Keno Auction House - photo Gabriel Everett

James Andrew at the Keno Auction House - photo Gabriel Everett

I was thrilled recently to spend some time with the very elegant, energetic and super sophisticated Leigh Keno, founder of Keno Auctions. We chatted about everything from antiques to car racing to our favorite Savile Row tailors. You should know the Keno brothers from their appearance on PBS’s Antiques Road Show where they specialize in American furniture as well as from their truly unique and highly entertaining “Buried Treasure” reality TV show.

Hans Christensen VERTEBRAE STABILE, 1981 Brass with wood base.

Hans Christensen VERTEBRAE STABILE, 1981 Brass with wood base.

Leigh Keno tells us he was looking to branch out into a wider range of antiques a few years ago and thus he founded Keno Auctions. Needless to say, they’ve since gained a solid reputation for integrity and expertise with a world-class network of appraisers and an international clientele to match.

Hans Christensen WATER PITCHER, 1959 Sterling silver with rosewood handle.

Hans Christensen WATER PITCHER, 1959 Sterling silver with rosewood handle.

Whatever the venue, at the heart of all is the Kenos’ infectious and undeniably youthful enthusiasm for finding, well, you guessed it, buried treasure—objects that perhaps no one even knew existed. It’s that authentic wonderment and appreciation that makes the Kenos so endearing, and I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that they’ve nearly single-handedly brought the excitement (might we even say sexiness) of antiques to a whole new generation of collectors.

A Pair of Rock Crystal, Aventurine Quartz and Diamond Flower Earclips, by Seaman Schepps Designed as clematis flowers, the petals of carved rock crystal backed with aventurine quartz, centering clusters of small round diamonds, mounted in 18 karat gold. Signed Seaman Schepps, numbered 9469 Accompanied by a letter from Seaman Schepps stating that the earclips are of their manufacture. Estimate: $3,000-$4,000   An Emerald Bead Necklace with Diamond Clasp, by Seaman Schepps The five-strand necklace composed of faceted emerald beads, completed by an 18 karat yellow gold bayonet clasp set with small round diamonds. Accompanied by a letter from Seaman Schepps stating that the necklace is of their manufacture. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000

• A Pair of Rock Crystal, Aventurine Quartz and Diamond Flower Earclips, by Seaman Schepps Designed as clematis flowers, the petals of carved rock crystal backed with aventurine quartz, centering clusters of small round diamonds, mounted in 18 karat gold. Signed Seaman Schepps, numbered 9469 Accompanied by a letter from Seaman Schepps stating that the earclips are of their manufacture. Estimate: $3,000-$4,000
• An Emerald Bead Necklace with Diamond Clasp, by Seaman Schepps The five-strand necklace composed of faceted emerald beads, completed by an 18 karat yellow gold bayonet clasp set with small round diamonds. Accompanied by a letter from Seaman Schepps stating that the necklace is of their manufacture. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000

As you would imagine, the upcoming Fall Auction certainly has Leigh Keno exhibiting his characteristic exuberance. “I am thrilled to kick off the fall season with this wonderful sale; one that has an extraordinary range of property and exceptional quality…buyers can expect to find something for every collecting taste and price level. We are delighted to present our first sale of antique and contemporary jewelry from such outstanding makers as Cartier, Seaman Schepps and David Webb. Our pre-sale auction estimates are extremely low which offers the buyer extraordinary opportunities.”

The upcoming auction is being held this Saturday September 24th, 2011 at The Marriot Hotel, 243 Tresser Boulevard, Stamford Connecticut at 10 AM.

See the online catalog here.

At the superlative Keno Auction House, I’m sporting a Tom Ford palest rose pink silk suit and blue end on end cotton shirt with contrast white collar, Seaman Schepps pearl pale blue sapphire cuff links, Gucci python belt with silver buckle and navy suede loafers, pink and blue paisley cotton voile pocket square by Ralph Lauren and my fragrance is Creed Original Cologne.

14 Comments

  1. danny says:

    Neat…. Is your shirt collar up?

  2. Dean Farris says:

    James,

    Have you done any professional modeling? You certainly do look like one here. I used to spend time in a former Keno apartment in the east sixties, as my then employer, Ned Marshall had leased it. They are a charming pair of brothers, and very down to earth. I think that you are definitely on to something with this fabulous blog. BTW, I just love a man in a suit! Living in south Florida as I do, I don’t get to see them very often. You look completely amazingly handsome and smart. Thanks for sharing.

    Dean Farris

  3. James Andrew says:

    Dean,

    Your constant support means so much to me- Thank YOU!

    I think I would wear a suit even in the tropics.

    Cheers

    JA

  4. Dean Farris says:

    James,

    What do you think of wearing a vintage vest (from a suit) as a daytime work look? I keep thinking this could be a good look for me…

    Dean

  5. James Andrew says:

    Hello Dean,

    I tend to think that it really depends on the fabric.

    If it is a tweed or a linen, perhaps it can be worn as a separate piece.

    However if it is obviously a more suiting type of fabric , I would stick to wearing it with the suit.

    Cheers

    JA

  6. Mara Helmrich von Elgott says:

    I love the emerald necklace, I am sure it would look much prettier on me 😉

    best regards,

    Mara HvE

  7. James, I love this portrait of you surrounded by all these wonderful objects!

    Big Hug,

    Christian

  8. Martina says:

    James! Cada día me sorprendes más, tienes un gusto exquisito!

    un gran beso desde México!

  9. James Andrew says:

    Dear Christian,

    Thank You!

    Gabriel Everett has been doing a fantastic job as one of our photographers.

    I am so thrilled with his efforts and so happy to hear you are enjoying them as well.

    Abrazzos!

    JA

  10. Nick Zantop says:

    Awesome James, I always love watching the Keno brothers on TV

  11. rin says:

    I went to the Keno Auctions Jewelry Preview this week. Tried on that emerald necklace, it was deeply beautiful. Leigh was super enthusiastic… he had great stories about some of the pieces.

  12. Topaz says:

    What a great look! I wish more men would think a little more creatively about the way they dress, as you do. Thanks for sharing. And I really appreciate the breadth of your interests.

  13. James Andrew says:

    Rin ,

    I am so happy that you got to experience some of the exquisite beauty of these pieces , stay tuned I am sure Keno Auctions will continue to present pieces to delight.

    Cheers

    JA

  14. James Andrew says:

    Topaz,

    So delighted to receive your rather fabulous comment!

    I am hoping that I may inspire a few to take more interest in not only how they present themselves to the world but also in living outrageously wonderful lives.

    Cheers

    JA

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