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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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

Antique mahogany wardrobe central mirrored door flanked by timber panel doors with art nouveau carving, 2 door clothes hanging section to the left with lower drawer and upper shelf, 7 drawers behind right side door, divides into 4 parts for removal, 210c

Blackwood Art Nouveau style two door robe inlaid with mother of pearl

Art Nouveau fruitwood wardrobe with a single mirror panelled door, a grapevine marquetry inlaid pelmet frieze, a lower drawer and a conforming marble topped bedside cabinet