16th Century Cittern by "Franciscus - Urbino?

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[Late 16th / Early 17th C. cittern.] This is a picture of a late 16th / early 17th century cittern that went up for auction at Christie's of London, July 8, 1999. The cittern's back and sides are made of one piece, and the back is intricately carved with pictures of lions and a coat-of-arms (possibly those of Duke Francesco Maria I of Urbino). The butt ends in a comb and is decorated with another coat-of-arms. The fingerboard contains 18 brass frets (6 of them partial) and appears to be diatonically fretted. The side of the neck is inscribed: "Franciscus Citared. Urb." "Citared." is most probably an abbreviation for "Citaraedus," which might mean either "cittern player" or "cittern maker." "Urb." is most likely an abbreviation for "Urbino."
Christie's estimated the price of this instrument as US$4,900-6,500.