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 fine German Exhibition walnut and mixed timber wardrobe, circa 1880, with maker's mark of C. Prachtel, Berlin, Purveyor to the Empress, of breakfront form with an extended cornice, panelled frieze, a central mirror and two panelled cupboards embellished

An Edwardian walnut gentleman's robe, circa 1900-1910, maker's mark of Andreas Svensson, Latrobe Street Melbourne, having an arched broken pediment upon a breakfront cornice with two cupboards, fitted to the interiors, with a central drawer below flanked b

Antique walnut 2 door wardrobe with inside mirrored hanging compartment to the left, shelves and drawers to the right, 121.5 cm wide, 58 cm deep, 178.5 cm high

A smart Art Deco four door walnut butterfly veneer wardrobe

Victorian walnut wardrobe, with 2 doors and inside drawers, can be divided into 4 parts for removal, 165 cm wide, 67 cm deep, 208 cm high

An elm and Karelian birch Art Nouveau wardrobe, circa 1890, having a gently arched extended top above a walnut and satinwood inlaid floral frieze upon Karelian birch, a full length bevelled mirror to the door flanked by simple and elegant inlaid panels, a

Large 18th century Dutch walnut shrank (wardrobe) with outset moulded corners, raised fielded and inlaid doors anduprights on bracket feet

A late 19th/20th century walnut combination wardrobe in the Arts & Crafts period by South Australian furniture makers Marshall & Co.

A French walnut three door armoire, circa 1920, the breakfront robe with a bold carved rose pediment above a shaped full length mirror and a drawer, flanked by full length panelled cupboards with conforming carving, with plinth style bracket feet; internal

A French walnut Louis XVI-style armoire, late 19th century, the tall robe with an arched cresting rail decorated with a carved laurel wreath and accompanying flowers, ribbons and scrolls above a shaped and carved pediment, with fluted pilasters surmounted

An antique French walnut wardrobe, late 19th century, the moulded cornice above an asymmetrical arrangement of a hanging space with mirrored door, a cupboard with slides, and drawers, on a shaped plinth base, decorative fluting and carved details throughou

Antique late Victorian breakfront walnut robe, fitted with a bank of drawers to the centre and cupboards below, flanked by a pair of mirrored doors to the sides, 216 cm wide x 214 cm high

An early 20th century burr walnut serpentine break front wardrobe linen press, with ebony inlay the doors enclosing hanging space, and pull out open drawers

A Victorian burr walnut wardrobe with a moulded cornice, above a mirrored door enclosing drawers and slides flanked by panelled doors supported on a plinth. Provenance Purchased E.J. Ainger Pty Ltd Richmond Victoria 1983 233 cm high, 204 cm wide 65 cm deep

A monumental walnut robe, circa 1880, the breakfront body with double broken swan neck pediments carved with birds among trees above a carved panelled door, secretaire and five lower drawers flanked by bevelled mirrored doors. Standing on a plain plinth ba

German walnut and burr walnut parquetry wardrobe, mid 18th century the stepped cornice above two doors inlaid with cross banded panels, the frieze drawers below. Width 168 cm. Depth 61 cm

A 19th century carved walnut breakfront wardrobe fitted with drawers and mirrored doors

An Art Deco walnut wardrobe, 127 cm wide, 53 cm deep, 172 cm high

A Victorian walnut wardrobe. Width 193 cm. Depth 65 cm. Height 209 cm

19th century Biedermeier style walnut wardrobe with a single panelled door and turned feet

Victorian burr walnut breakfront wardrobe with a turned upright splat pediment, three mirrored doors, a fitted interior and a plinth base