Learn about Clothes Press

Also known as a gentleman's wardrobe. A double-heightened piece, in fashion before the wardrobe with hanging space. The lower section consists usually of three long, or two long and two half drawers. The upper section has blind-panelled cupboard doors, with the interior fitted with three or more sliding open drawers. Many presses have been converted into bookcases or china cabinets, with the addition of glazing bars and shelves. Frequently the sliding drawers in the upper section have been removed to provide hanging space. Clothes presses continued to be made until the mid-19th century, and notable Australian examples in cedar sometimes bearing the trade labels of makers such as Andrew Lenehan turn up on the market from time to time.

Learn about Wardrobe

A wardrobe is a cupboard with space for hanging clothes. As an item of furniture as opposed to a separate closet, the wardrobe did not generally appear until the early 19th century. Until then, clothes had been stored in clothes presses.

Wardrobes may have between one and four doors, and sometimes have fitted drawers in the centre section and hanging space on either wing. The doors are often panelled, with a decorative figured timber panel surrounded by a moulded frame. The clothes hangers hung on rails or hooks, usually facing the front. Antique wardrobes are often too shallow to fit standard size wire hangers comfortably side on.

A Beaconsfield wardrobe is the term used to describe an Edwardian period wardrobe that has an open storage area in the centre top section, usually backed by a mirror, with externally visible drawers below.

Wardrobes have been made in most of the usual furniture timbers: oak, pine, cedar, mahogany, walnut and satinwood and the styles range from the plain and simple to the elaborate and ostentatious. Many were made as part of a bedroom suite together with matching dressing table and washstand. more...

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A cedar press on elevated bun feet, fitted with original slides and pelmet., 160 cm high. 130 cm wide, 65 cm deep

Press. 19th century mahogany & fruitwood inlaid decorated two door four drawer

Pine 2 door press, with adjustable shelves, on turned bun feet, 108 cm wide, 50 cm deep, 206 cm high approx

An early nineteenth century mahogany gentleman's press having hanging space in top compartment and four drawers to base 208 cm high, 124 cm wide, 53 cm deep

Antique early 19th century mahogany press on chest, approx 210 cm high, 120 cm wide, 58 cm deep

Antique early 19th century mahogany press on chest, painted with S Fisher & Co store logo and stock list, approx 212 cm high, 135 cm wide, 62 cm deep

A Georgian oak & mahogany gentleman press on chest, with barber pole string inlay & whalebone escutcheons. 231 cm high, 128 cm wide, 56 cm deep

A Dutch walnut 2 door press. Late 18th century, with arched shaped cornice moulded in cross-grained walnut; the arched shaped doors bead moulded and the panels having feather cross-banded edges. The drawers with feather-banded and cockbeaded edges having e

Linen press: George II oyster veneer walnut with brass handles, c1720s. Height 206 cm, width 113 cm, depth 53 cm

Georgian style black wood press on chest with 2 door hanging compartment above 4 drawers, 132 cm wide, 64 cm deep, 192 cm high

A George IV mahogany tallboy press with a moulded cornice above a pair of panelled doors, the lower section with four graduated drawers

Small antique French metal strapped press, approx 60 cm high, 30 cm square

A carved timber two door linen press with panelled sides 183 cm x 98 cm x 56 cm

Large antique early 19th century French wine press, approx 180 cm high, 80 cm wide, 48 cm deep

A 19th century Anglo Indian teak linen press the upper section with two sunburst panelled doors opening to three linen slides, the lower section with two short and two full length drawers, turned supports, 115.5 x 114.5 x 45 cm

Gleeson, James, Masterpieces of Australian Art, Landsdowne Press Pty. Ltd. 1969, with slip case

D'Abrera, Bernard, Butterflies of the Australia Region, Landsdowne Press Pty. Ltd 1971

Set of vintage dominos in box, small butter press and cased instrument (3)

19th century mahogany gentlemans press fitted with 4 drawers below and interior sliding trays

Regency mahogany linen press, with moulded dentilled cornice, four pull out slides enclosed by two flame veneered panel doors, the base with two short and two long cockbeaded drawers on bracket feet

Linen Press: A fine English flame mahogany press over 3 drawers with brass lions mask handles & bone escutcheons, c1830s. Height 212 cm, width 132, depth 60 cm

Antique 19th century mahogany press on chest, fitted with a four drawer base and panelled two door top, approx 203 cm high, 126 cm wide

A collection of books including 'The Legitimacy of Amicia, daughter of Hugh Cyveliok, Earl of Chester' by Thomas Mainwaring [Sam Lowndes, London, 1679]; 'A Tale of a Tub' by Swift [Charles Bathurst, London, 1747]; 'The Club; in a dialogue between Father an

Australian cedar gentleman's press, two panelled doors open to reveal fitted interior with two short drawers and one long drawer below, having turned wood pulls and raised on bracket feet with shaped apron

Small French press, approx 50 cm high, 28 cm wide

A George III flame mahogany linen press, English, circa 1830, 193 cm high, 122 cm wide, 65 cm deep

A pair of Treacle glazed pottery spaniels and two Cats, 19th to early 20th century, the semi-translucent glazed spaniels, press moulded from dense buff coloured clay with a large cavity underside with evident finger print marks, some splitting to the join

The sea chaplains : a history of the Chaplains of the Royal Navy. Plus three. Oxford : Oxford Illustrated Press, 1978. 8vo. xx, 603 p., illustrated, facsims., ports. Blue cloth boards with gilt insignia. Dust jacket with light wear. Mild browning to upper

From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow : the Royal Navy in the Fisher era, 1904-1919. In five volumes. Plus one by the same author. London : Oxford University Press, 1966-70. 8vo. 5 v. illustrated. A complete set. Dust jackets with blue cloth boards. Light cre

Orders, decorations and medals awarded to New Zealanders : an illustrated guide for collectors. Plus one. Auckland : G.P. Oldham, 1991. 8vo. 116 p., illustrated. Soft cover. Mild wear. G+. Plus, 'The Oxford companion to New Zealand military history' edited

Antique Georgian carved mahogany press on chest, approx. 210 cm high, 132 cm wide

Travels And Sufferings Of Father John De Brebeuf, 1938. The Golden Cockeral Press. Limited edition 295/300

The Antichrist of Nietzsche, illustrated by Norman Lindsay, A new version In English By P R Stephensen. Fanrolico Press London., Rare limited edition of 25 copies on vellum, with full morocco. Signed by Raymond Lindsay and inscribed as,' Norman's Copy' by

Fine antique George III inlaid mahogany press on chest, fitted with a pair of oval recessed flambe mahogany panels cross banded with walnut, the base with four long graduating drawers, above a shaped front apron, the top fitted with a broken swan neck pedi

French wine press, approx 50 cm high, 30 cm wide, 30 cm diameter

An Australian full cedar gentleman's press, circa 1850, the cornice with egg and dart decoration above a pair of rectangular panelled doors enclosing a plain interior above two short and two long graduated drawers with turned handles, raised on ring turned

French rosewood and amboyna press c.1900, oak and amboyna interior, the cabinet has a full length bevelled glass mirrored, door, carved arched pediment on a plinth base and turned bun feet, the interior has four shelves and lower single drawer. Height 226

Books, (4) 'John Leech - His Life and Work,' by William P. Frith,' published Richard Bentley, 1891, Vol. I and II; 'Historical and Descriptive Account of the Caricatures of James Gillray,' by Thomas Wright and R.H.Evans, published Henry G. Bohn, 1851; and

A West Australian jarrah Colonial two door. Gentleman's press, c.1870-1880, maker unknown, having a two door upper robe, with interior hanging, hooks, over a lower two drawer chest of drawers. Note: with a rich warm colour patination. Height 182.5 cm. Widt

A William IV flame mahogany three door linen press, circa 1830, 187.5 x 228.5 x 64.5 cm

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