A CARVED WOOD GROUP DEPICTING THE RAPE OF A SABINE WOMAN
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A CARVED WOOD GROUP DEPICTING THE RAPE OF A SABINE WOMAN

BY ALBERTUS XAVERY (1664-1728), AFTER GIAMBOLOGNA, 1676

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A CARVED WOOD GROUP DEPICTING THE RAPE OF A SABINE WOMAN
By Albertus Xavery (1664-1728), after Giambologna, 1676
Patinated to resemble bronze; on an integrally carved naturalistic base and a later velvet-covered canted rectangular plinth; signed on the base 'ALB..TOS XAVERI 1676'.
The right hand of the Sabine woman lacking; minor worming.
31½ in. (80 cm.) high, overall
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Lot Essay

Little is known about Antwerp based sculptor Albertus Xavery other than he was the son of Jan Baptist Xavery (1697-1742). He is also said to have been related to the prolific sculptor Pieter Xavery (1647- c.1674), renowned for his genre and caricature figures. While there is little indication that Albertus and Pieter Xavery ever worked together, one can find in the present lot a playful element with which the latter experimented.

It is doubtful that Xavery would have ever seen Giambologna's original group of the Abduction of a Sabine first hand, but it is likely that he would have seen an engraving. If this is the case, it would possibly explain the misidentification of the Sabine at the bottom of the composition which in this case is a woman, and in the original is a man.
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