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 Australian blackwood wardrobe, by James Keating, circa 1890, the moulded cornice above a single long mirrored door to the right and a small cupboard and four drawers to the left above a single long drawer, raised on a plinth base, with Eucalyptus carved

A 19th century Australian colonial blackwood wardrobe bearing a metal label for Roche & Co Melbourne, breakfront with moulded cornice, the centre mirrored door flanked by carved shaped panel doors with graduated drawers below.244 cm high, 240 cm wide, 63 c

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

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