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.