The Estate of Elesabeth Ingalls Gillet
Sale of Jewelry from the Estate of Elesabeth Ingalls Gillet of Palm Beach on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 10am
Offered as a Feature of the Important Jewelry Auction
NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle is honored to auction jewelry from the Estate of Elesabeth Ingalls Gillet (1935-2018) as a feature of the Important Jewelry sale on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 10am.
Known as Eles (pronounced ‘Liz’), she was born in Birmingham, Alabama, to a prominent steel manufacturing and shipbuilding family. Her grandfather, Robert Ingersoll Ingalls, Sr., established the Ingalls Iron Works Co. and Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., which supplied steel and built naval vessels for the United States government during World War II.
On a trip to the northeast, Mrs. Gillet’s father, Robert I. Ingalls, Jr., then vice president and director of Ingalls Iron Works, met her mother, the former Eleanor Flick of Fifth Avenue and Lenox, Massachusetts. The couple were married in 1934 and settled in Birmingham, where Mrs. Gillet and her sister, Barbara Ingalls Shook, were born.
Mrs. Gillet attended Foxcroft School and Mount Vernon Seminary and College (now merged with George Washington University) and made her debut in Birmingham and New York. She married Samuel Marks Boykin, Jr., also of Birmingham, and had two children. Her second husband was Francis Warrington Gillet, Jr. of Palm Beach.
Home for much of Mrs. Gillet’s life was Pelican Hall in Palm Beach, the elegant house built by her grandfather in 1937 and where she entertained the elite of Palm Beach society. She divided the rest of her time between homes in Birmingham, New York and Maine. An avid sportswoman, she enjoyed yachting and fishing in the Gulf and traveling for shooting parties in England, Scotland and Mexico.
Mrs. Gillet was a generous donor to numerous charities and devoted much of her life to philanthropy. She organized charity balls and fundraising events in Palm Beach, Birmingham and New York, with a particular interest in organizations relating to cancer, which claimed the life of her sister.
Another focus of her philanthropy was born of her love of animals. She donated generously to animal rescue and conservation organizations and was a benefactor of the 1988 Academy Award-nominated film, Gorillas in the Mist. Starring Sigourney Weaver, the film is based on the autobiography of conservationist Dian Fossey and her work with silverback gorillas in Rwanda.
Jewelry from the Estate of Elesabeth Ingalls Gillet offers a range of pieces, from exquisite family heirlooms to bold and sometimes whimsical designs that embody a great lady and a life well-lived.