Among the most esteemed French bow makers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Charles Nicolas Bazin II (1847-1915) was born into a family of archetiers in Mirecourt, France.
Charles Nicolas studied bow making with his father, François Xavier Bazin (1824-1865), while his uncle, Charles Nicolas Bazin I (1831-1908), ran a separate atelier in Mirecourt. After François' untimely death in 1865, the younger Charles took over his father's business at only 18 years of age. Becoming a highly skilled and prolific maker, C. N. Bazin II began a collaboration with luthier Joseph Hel in 1870, for whom he made numerous distinctive bows, including those with frogs designed with the Vuillaume miniature photograph eye. Bazin's own workshop thrived to become one of the most successful and renowned ateliers in France, where he trained his own sons, Émile Joseph, Gustave, and Charles Louis, and employed some of the most prominent bow makers of the time, including the Fétique brothers, Émile August Ouchard, and André Richaume. In 1907, Bazin's youngest son, Charles Louis, took over management of the family business, while his father continued to make bows until his death. Bows made by Charles Nicolas Bazin II are extremely desirable among professional players and collectors.