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 36,000 individual instruments and bows by over 3,500 makers. It is also the most comprehensive online source for maker biographies and provenance information, and contains over 57,000 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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Raffaele and Giuseppe Fiorini, part 2

How the work of the Fiorinis diverged, as Giuseppe fell under the influence of the Cremonese school

By Dmitry Gindin and Roberto Regazzi

The differences between the mature work of Raffaele and Giuseppe Fiorini are immediately apparent. Raffaele’s approach, deeply rooted in the early to mid-19th-century Italian style, paid little homage to Stradivari’s method or modeling. He learned his early violin making techniques from the traveling musician Ignazio Tadolini, who in turn had picked them up in Paris...

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