Dr. Christine Isabelle Oaklander
Christine Oaklander is an independent art historian and private art consultant with over thirty years of expertise in the field of American art. A native New Yorker, she was inspired to plunge into the mystery, history, and beauty of American art by posts at the New-York Historical Society and Spanierman Gallery in the 1980s. She left the workforce to pursue academic training credentials, earning the M.A. in art history from Williams College and the Ph.D. in American art history from the University of Delaware, where she studied under pioneering Americanists Dr. William Innes Homer and Dr. Wayne Craven. From 2001-2006, she was Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Allentown Art Museum; from 2006-2013, she served as Arts Coordinator for Lehigh Valley Health Network. Other employers include the Brandywine River Museum and the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass. Currently, Dr. Oaklander works with private and institutional clients in buying, selling, researching, curating and writing about art. She has lectured at the Frick Collection, New-York Historical Society, Thomas Cole House, and at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. She has published articles with both scholarly and popular journals including the Maine Antique Digest, Archives of American Art Journal, and the Metropolitan Museum Journal. She is an advocate for many artists and arts organizations and mentors young artists. Her “find” in April 2014 of a trove of artistic and archival material from the estate of Henry Grant Plumb has led her to embark on an adventure of a lifetime. Dr. Oaklander has sold art to both private and public collectors; recently, she has made sales to the Art Institute of Chicago, Delaware Art Museum, Hermitage Museum & Gardens, and the Morgan Library and Museum.
Dr. Oaklander offers a rare combination of advanced degrees from blue-chip institutions along with extensive hands-on experience in recognizing, purchasing, selling, researching, and caring for rare and important artworks. Ordinarily, scholarly and market careers do not intersect.
**Website photography by Charles Daniels, unless otherwise noted**
My mother, Dr. Isabelle Rapin, died in May 2017. She was my biggest fan and supporter (followed by my Dad), this website is dedicated to her.