The Lord and Lady Jacobs
Lord Anthony Jacobs was a successful British financier, acquiring business interests in a number of companies during his long career as well as serving publicly as an independent politician. He held prominent offices in the United Kingdom, serving as Joint Treasurer of the Liberal party from 1984 to 1987. He was knighted in 1988 and created a life peer in 1997 in recognition of his political service. Anthony and Evelyn Jacobs were married for sixty years until Lord Jacobs passed away in 2014, followed by his wife six months later.
The couple was regarded as a pair of generous philanthropists, their altruistic endeavors closely aligned with their passion for the arts. The couple was a generous supporter of the Tate Gallery in London (where Lady Jacobs served as a docent for many years), as well as the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and many other charitable causes. For several years, Anthony Jacobs served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Haifa University in Israel, where he helped build the Haifa University Business School, which was named in the couple’s honor. Lord Jacobs and his wife divided their time between homes in London, the South of France and Palm Beach.
They first acquired a property in Palm Beach in 1978, and in 2000 built a magnificent oceanfront residence in the style of renowned society architect Addison Mizner. The couple wanted their home to be an accurate recreation of the manner in which Mizner influenced south Florida architecture during the first half of the 20th century. Assisted by their architect and decorator, Lord and Lady Jacobs filled their home with furniture and works of art to compliment the Mediterranean revival aesthetic that is so adored throughout Palm Beach.
The Property from the Palm Beach Residence of the Lord and Lady Jacobs will be held May 10 in Chicago and will feature almost 200 items from this magnificent Palm Beach home. View the online catalogue here.