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1 Fall or edging of hanging drapery, e.g. around a baldacchino, canopy, or tester, really a pendent border, as that hung in front of curtain-rails in a room to conceal them and give a suitable finish. It is often simulated, as in the bronze valancing of Bernini's celebrated baldacchino in San Pietro, Rome (1624–33).

2 Vertical timber boards, often pointed or curved at the lower ends, finishing the eaves of the roofs above C19 railway-platforms.

Lewis & Darley(1986)

Subjects: Architecture.


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