The giant urn is located outside the exterior Tennis Court Wing Entrance (now the entrance to Human Resources). It was designed by the French sculptor Sylvain Salieres. 1 Salieres was a favorite artist of the architectural firm of Warren & Wetmore. In addition to his work here at Idle Hour, Salieres’s work is most visible in Grand Central Station in New York City. There he was responsible for all the sculptural decoration in the building - a task that occupied him for five years. 2
Urn, Face Detail
At this time, it is not known why a boar was chosen to be represented here. It is known that Idle Hour was built to be close to the South Side Sportsmen’s Club and hunting was a favorite past time here. Boar’s are traditionally used as a motif to represent Hunting.
Urn, From Below
1. Pennoyer, P., & Walker, A. (2006). The Architecture of Warren & Wetmore (pp. 48–50). New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
2. Ibid. (pp. 93).
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