Christine von der Linn is a Senior Specialist in the Book Department, focusing on Art, Architecture, Fine Press and Illustrated Books, and head of the Illustration Art department, where she has nurtured the department from dedicated annual sales beginning in 2013 to popular biannual events. She has lectured and moderated panel discussions on rare books and illustration, including Drawing Sides: A Timely Conversation on Political Cartoons, with Ed Sorel and Lee Lorenz. Over the past year she led a tour and discussion of the Illustration Art sale and the market at large for the Appraiser's Association of America, and was a head specialist for Swann's groundbreaking Stonewall Anniversary Pride Sale celebrating the cultural contributions of the LGBTQ+ community. In 2019, she curated a selection of the Sackner Collection of Concrete and Visual Poetry for auction, which set records for several book artists.
She is a member of ArtTable, the leadership organization for women in the visual arts, and has advised young professionals for the organization's career development roundtables. A supporter of the local book community, she lends her time to benefits and charity auctions for libraries in New Jersey. Christine has also contributed her wide-ranging expertise to numerous print and social media outlets, where she enjoys discussing her love of twentieth century graphic design, Edward Gorey, and Rockwell Kent.
Christine graduated from Bard College, where she studied architecture, art history and literature. She holds certificates in German language and culture from Collegium Palatinum of Heidelberg, Germany, and rare book cataloging from the University of Virginia School of Library Science. She was an archivist of the Livingston family library at Clermont State Historic Site in Columbia County, and managed a bookstore in Kingston, NY before moving to New York City in 1993 to join Swann. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is Vice President of her local Farmers Market and the author of several recipes and articles about health-supportive cooking in the market's newsletter.
Christine on our blog:
#5WomenArtists: Christine von der Linn's List
Christine von der Linn on Irving Oaklander
Who Kissed Santa Claus? The Cover Behind It All
Ingeborg Willy & the Making of Snow White
Margins, Notes & Stamps: The Bones of Illustration Art
Updated July 12, 2018