Mary Jeanne Kneen
Mary Jeanne Kneen has always had an eye for the finest in tabletop and home dècor. With a desire to take her passion and expertise to retail, Mrs. Kneen established Kneen & Co., offering an array of exclusive and exquisitely handcrafted products for the home.
Mrs. Kneen's infatuation with art antiques and tabletop dècor flourished while living in Germany in the 1990's. After relocating to Chicago in 1999, Mrs. Kneen wished to stay connected with her life in Europe and established Au Coin du Feu bringing one of the world's most extensive collections of European fireplace surrounds and accessories to the U.S.
Recognized as an expert purveyor of luxury European dècor, Mrs. Kneen was approached by Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg in 2005 with the intention to broaden the availability of Nymphenburg porcelain in the U.S. Mrs. Kneen became the president of Nymphenburg Store USA, offering the largest inventory of Nymphenburg porcelain in North America.
Sharing her understanding of the art and beauty of handcrafted objects, Mrs. Kneen seeks to provide her clients with exquisite appointments for the home. The underlying goal of Kneen & Co. is to carry products that are of the highest quality, handcrafted, customizable and made in a traditional manner. It's important to Mrs. Kneen that the art of handcrafting and hand-painting is upheld and celebrated.
In 2009, while already offering the finest in porcelain with Nymphenburg, Mrs. Kneen added James Robinson sterling silver flatware, Lobmeyr crystal and stationery by The Printery to her repertoire of exclusive wares for the home. All of these collections represent time-honored craftsmanship and undeniable elegance.
Appreciation and love for fine home dècor has led Mrs. Kneen to establish Kneen & Co. She believes that all brands under Kneen & Co. are works of art that bring joy to everyday living.
Mary Jeanne Kneen is actively involved with the Art Institute of Chicago, serving as a member on the Sustaining Fellows Program Committee, Auxiliary Board and the Antiquarian Society, as well as the Chicago History Museum’s Costume Council.