Old Vintage Antique J.G. Leeb Violin EXC Playing Cond.

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 17,2011
  • Channel: Online Auction

Offered is an antique 4/4 violin by Johann Georg Leeb II, 1817, in playing condition.

Printed label reads:

Joannes Georgius Leeb

fecit Posonii. 1817

LEEB, JOHANN GEORG (1)
Born 1740. Worked at Pressburg until 1810. Much occupied, and recognised as one of the best Hungarian makers of his day. Early specimens somewhat partake of Stainer traits. Others of medium arching closely adhering to the Amati. Some also in the style of J. G. Thir. In every instance he introduced individuality though very slight. Plumpness of scroll always noticeable. Belly wood of good acoustical properties, backs and ribs mostly of unflamed material. Reddish-brown varnish thinly applied. Tonal quality seldom very mellow nor particularly brilliant, but of an agreeable sonority. £25 (1925).
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Johann Georg Leeb
in Pressburg, Anno 1788

LEEB, JOHANN GEORG (2)
Born 1779. Worked at Pressburg. Died 1817. Son and successor of the preceding. Generally Amatese modelling, but also some very flat and broad. Dark and light-brown shades of varnish. Scrolls also strikingly plump. £20 (1925). Very industrious, made a very large number of instruments. £70, 1960.
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Joannes Georgius Leeb
fecit Posonii. 1813

Dimensions (all approx.):

OL: 23-1/2" (597mm)

LOB: 14-1/8" (359mm)

UB: 6-19/32" (167mm)

CB: 4-3/8" (111mm)

LB: 8-1/8" (206mm)

VSL: 12-15/16" (328.6mm)

This violin has relatively flat arching. The upper part, of what I believe to be the original neck with scroll, have been grafted to another neck. Unusual since most grafts are of the scroll/peg box only. Nevertheless the neck is solid. The fingerboard looks like it was removed and then reglued during the neck graft process. The fingerboard has a couple of tight stress cracks in the upper registers that do not affect performance. Expertly carved f holes. Good inlaid purfling. Medium grain two piece spruce top. Two piece maple back. There are a few repairs including a reglued wing tip and filled area directly below, lower bass bout, top. Also, there is a very old scroll crack repair near the volute area (this may be why the graft was performed as it was). There is a short, <2", saddle crack on the treble side. It is tight, and I don't know if it has been repaired. No sound post or bass bar cracks. No back cracks, although the back appears to have been rejoined at the center seam. No rib cracks. No peg box cracks. The scroll, treble side, has two small chips. The pegs have been replaced with late 19th/early 20th century geared tuning machines. A couple of the original peg holes have been reshaped to accommodate. No open cracks or seams. There is some edge wear and scratches, scuffs and small dings here and there. The ebony chin rest, ebony tail piece, Aubert bridge and ebony saddle are not original. The sound post is set, and not original. I believe this is an authentic Johann Georg Leeb II violin. The strings are old but sound good. The sound is balanced with rich bass and brilliant highs. Good overtones and harmonic content with current set up. Set up adjustments and/or new strings will surely result in a sound to satisfy any player.

No guarantee is expressed or implied that repairs/restorations may be required at any time following purchase...after all, this is an antique.

No Case. No Bow. The violin will be well packaged to insure safe transport.

More photos available to email, upon request!

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