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Un lit à baldaquin est un lit dont la forme, adoptée vers 1490 dans les maisons riches, consiste en un baldaquin en bois ou en métal d'où descend un drapé (voilure accrochée en rideau, en simple liseré ou suspendue en ciel de lit) et en un châlit fait à l'origine de colonnes de bois ou quenouilles à chaque angle (ce qui le rapproche du lit à colonnes) puis le plus souvent d'un ciel tenu au mur, en porte-à-faux.

The canopy bed came into existence more for utilitarian means rather than for extravagance or decadence. Canopy beds with curtains that could completely enclose the bed were used by lords and noblemen in medieval Europe for warmth and privacy, as their attendants often slept in the same room. Until the 16th century, these beds, even those of the nobles, were fairly plain and understated. During this period, carved work on the headboard and posts became popular and more ornate canopy beds followed

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