Ambassador & Mrs. Evan G. Galbraith

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle is honored to auction property from the Estate of Ambassador and Mrs. Evan G. Galbraith in select auctions this spring.

A graduate of Yale in History and Economics and Harvard Law School, Evan G. Galbraith (1928-2008) served in the Navy and later joined the Eisenhower administration as Assistant to the Secretary of Commerce. While working in Paris for Morgan Guaranty in the early 1960s, he met Marie Rockwell (1931-2020), a Vassar graduate who was freelancing as a fashion stylist for such publications as Vogue and Women's Wear Daily. The pair married in 1964 and settled in Paris.

During his twenty-career in investment banking, Ambassador Galbraith would serve as Managing Director of Dillon Read in London and Advisory Director of Morgan Stanley in New York, in addition to serving on several commercial boards, including as Chairman of the Boards of National Review and LVMH.

In 1981 President Ronald Reagan appointed Galbraith U.S. Ambassador to France. For the next four years, the couple and their children lived in the historic Hôtel de Pontalba, the elegant townhouse on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré that serves as the American Ambassador's residence. Years later, from 2002 until 2007, Ambassador Galbraith would again serve the U.S. in Europe, this time in Brussels as the Secretary of Defense Representative to Europe and NATO under Donald Rumsfeld.

Mrs. Galbraith devoted herself to her roles as mother and official hostess, in addition to pursuing her personal interests. She wrote the book The American Ambassador's Residence in Paris (1985) and later co-authored UFO Briefing Document: The Best Available Evidence (1995). She also transcribed the writings of the famed physicist Guy Obolensky. In 1998 she co-founded the National Foundation for Alternative Medicine, now called the Foundation for Alternative and Integrative Medicine, and for many years was an active board member of the New York Hall of Science and the Gerson Institute, an organization focused on alternative cancer treatment and cancer research.

Property from the Estate of Ambassador and Mrs. Evan G. Galbraith reflects a life lived in the rarified social circles of international diplomacy. The offerings showcase elegant furnishings, art, books and jewelry that provide glimpses into the remarkable world of two accomplished and fascinating Americans.

Upcoming Auctions

Property from the Estate of Ambassador and Mrs. Evan G. Galbraith will be offered in the following auctions:

Jewelry Online | Auction April 13
Doyle at Home | Auction April 14
American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts | Auction May 5
English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts | Auction May 26
Old Master Paintings | Auction May 26
Fine Literature | Auction June 22
Doyle at Home | Auction June 30