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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František Špidlen

How a boy from a provincial Czech village rose to become the violin maker for the Imperial Academy in Moscow

By Jan Špidlen

My great-grandfather František Špidlen (1867–1916) came from a hilly region in the north-east of Bohemia (now the north of the Czech Republic) named the Giant Mountains. It was a poor area and life was ruled by a harsh climate with long winters and short summers, so the harvest yields were limited...

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