Decorative Arts, Folk Art, Furniture, Musical Instruments
Ken Farmer is a lifelong resident of Virginia. He and his wife, Jane, have been avid collectors and students of Americana and Southern material culture since they were married in 1974. Ken has been in the antiques and auction business for 39 years. Jane recently retired as an elementary school reading specialist.
In 2012 they formed a partnership with Quinn Auctions of Falls Church, Virginia and also purchased a long-standing auction company in Charlottesville. The group now has three Virginia locations: Northern Virginia, Charlottesville and Salem/Roanoke.
Their oldest son Will is the manager of the southernmost facility and Michael, the youngest, works in client services for the network. Ken is the president of Quinn Farmer Auctions located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Their auction group frequently sells items in national and international markets but a significant focus of the business is helping people who are downsizing. Ken and Jane recently purchased a home in Keswick, Virginia and reside there full-time.
Ken has been an appraiser on Antiques Roadshow, since its inception in 1996. He has appeared as a specialist in furniture, folk art, decorative arts and musical instruments. Ken also consults with individuals, trustees, institutions and corporations regarding the acquisition and deaccession of antiques and fine arts. He frequently lectures throughout the country about antiques, collecting, downsizing, and many other subjects.