The Leeb family were active violin makers in Bratislava from around 1700. Johann Georg (I) was active in nearby Presov around 1728-1788, and his son Johann Georg (II) was born in about 1740 and died in about 1813 in Bratislava, but he is regarded as a leading maker of the Hungarian school. His own models are quite distinctive, with flat arching and possibly some Bergonzi influence. He was a prolific maker, and produced various grades of quality, with varying materials and varnish. His labels give the place of origin as ‘Posonii’, the Latin name for Bratislava. He was succeeded by his son Johann Georg (III), born in 1779, and he passed on the business to Josef Hamberger on his death in 1817.
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