Christine von der Linn

Director, Illustration Art
(212) 254-4710 ext. 20

Christine von der Linn is the Director of the Illustration Art department which features narrative art in all genres from Golden Age to modern cartoons. Blossoming from the art, fine press & illustrated books auctions which she ran for over twenty years, the department grew from dedicated annual sales beginning in 2013 to popular biannual events to which she now devotes her full attention.

Christine has written about, lectured, and moderated panel discussions on rare books and illustration, including Swann Salon Series talks with book illustrator David Macaulay and with David Leopold, Creative Director of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation, live events such as "Still Reading it for the Cartoons," a chat with New Yorker cartoonists Emily Flake and Ben Schwartz on changing production methods, and "Drawing Sides: A Timely Conversation on Political Cartoons, with Ed Sorel and Lee Lorenz. Recently, she was interviewed on the popular Illustration Department Podcast, catalogued the Dick McDonough Collection of Golf and Sporting Art, and led a tour and discussion of the Illustration Art sale and the market at large for the Appraiser's Association of America. She was proud to be a head specialist for Swann's first groundbreaking Stonewall Anniversary Pride Sale celebrating the cultural contributions of the LGBTQ+ community and its follow-up sale in 2020 for which she procured the top lot, a record-setting drawing by Tom of Finland. 

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 and art community, she lends her time to benefits and charity auctions in New Jersey. Christine has also contributed her wide-ranging expertise to numerous print and social media outlets, where she especially enjoys discussing her love of  Charles Addams, Edward Gorey and Rockwell Kent.

When she is not involved in auction-related activities, she uses her degree in cooking and nutrition, serving as Vice President of the Board of her local Farmers Market and to lecture on health-supportive cooking and food sustainability. Christine graduated from Bard College, where she studied architecture, art history and literature. She was an archivist of the Livingston family library and art collection at Clermont State Historic Site in Columbia County and managed a bookstore in the Hudson Valley before moving to New York City in 1993 to join Swann.

Christine on our blog:
The Rise of Illustration Art in the Public Eye

Examining Edward Gorey’s Market

 
 

Updated June 8, 2021

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