The Cozio Archive

Welcome to Cozio, the world’s largest reference resource for buyers, sellers and connoisseurs of fine stringed instruments and bows.

Founded in 2003 as a public registry of iconography, provenance and pricing information for historical stringed instruments, Cozio encompasses over 30,000 individual instruments and bows by over 2,500 makers. It is also the most comprehensive online source for maker biographies and provenance information, and contains over 50,000 historical auction prices.

Although most of Cozio is available to the public by subscription, it also contains photographs, documents and records of instruments and bows that are accessible only by request. If you would like information about any item that is not publicly available, please contact us.

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The Brescian School, part 1

Early instruments made in Brescia show how the town’s violin making developed quite independently of the Amatis in nearby Cremona

By John Dilworth

The violin making histories of Brescia and Cremona are fascinatingly different. Both similarly sized towns in Lombardy, they share a mutual rivalry even down to the present day, which dates back to the part that Cremonese mercenaries played in the brutal ‘Sack of Brescia’ by the French army in 1512. Their political history is certainly different. […]

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