In 1893 Chicago’s oldest boys’ club was founded as the Chicago Athletic Association (CAA) with members such as Marshall Field, Cyrus McCormick and William Wrigley. Offering fine dining and all types of sport, the club quickly established itself with a hierarchy of membership levels and all things leisure. For more than 120 years it operated as an exclusive club.
The CAA boasted a European aesthetic from the building’s Venetian façade to the ornate interior design. Rather fittingly, male icons from antiquity and beyond adorned the building, including Adonis, the Greek god of beauty and desire, who was added to the CAA boys’ club roster in this way.
The mythological Adonis has been memorialized in art through the ages, and an excellent 1876 marble statue from the CAA by Italian sculptor Scipione Tadolini, “Adonis with Bow, Quiver,” will be offered in the October 19 Fine Furniture, Decorative Arts and Silver auction (estimated at $20,000-30,000). “What makes this sculpture notable in particular,” says Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ fine furniture and decorative arts specialist Corbin Horn, “is that it is depicted on a monumental scale (because it is raised on a large pedestal), as well as the fact that it has an illustrious provenance.”