Leigh and Leslie Keno , the identical twin antiques appraisers who are core members of PBS' "Antiques Roadshow," will be at Lillian August 's flagship store in Norwalk, Conn., on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. They will be introducing their new collection of furniture.
The Kenos describe their furniture, built by Theodore Alexander , as "classically modern." The design for each piece draws on the brothers' fascination with antiques and rare objects. Some pieces are whimsical. The disc cocktail table, for example, took its inspiration from the Frisbee, the brothers' favorite childhood game.
Leigh and Leslie grew up in Mohawk, N.Y., surrounded by antiques. Their parents were antiques dealers specializing in folk art and country furniture. Their father collected and restored vintage sports cars and their mother would regularly take them out of school to go to flea markets and regional antiques shows. By the time they were 12, the boys had decided to become antiques dealers. At one point, Leslie Keno was director of American furniture and decorative arts at Sotheby's while Leigh was an appraiser at Christie's .
"Antiques Roadshow" takes leading experts in their field on road trips around the U.S. to appraise objects brought it by the public. Thousands of people line up for hours at the appraisal events, hoping to learn that they own a priceless treasure.
"Antiques Roadshow" visits six cities each year during June, July and August. Information on which cities will be visited and on how to obtain tickets, which are free, will be posted in early January . Ticket recipients are selected by random drawing, with a two-ticket limit per household.
Lillian August's reception for the Keno brothers is open to the public. There will be cocktails, a presentation and a chance to meet the Kenos, who will also autograph furniture purchases.
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