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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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

A fine Regency mahogany wardrobe with ebony stringing, English, circa 1810, 235 x 146 x 66 cm

A fine quality, rare Anglo-Indian Regency period padouk wood gentleman's press, Ceylon, early 19th century 208 cm high, 59.5 cm deep, 132 cm wide. Provenance: Brans Antiques, Perth

A large Regency mahogany inverted breakfront wardrobe, English circa 1825, 230 x 250 x 68 cm

A Regency mahogany linen press, English circa 1820, 215 x 130 x 57 cm

A Scottish Regency mahogany linen press, the shaped cornice with ebony inlay and circular patera above a pair of cupboard doors with twisted columns, enclosing shelves above two short and two long drawers, raised on turned feet. Width 124 cm x. Depth 51 cm

An imposing Regency Channel Islands mahogany and brass inlaid linen press, the swan neck pediment with carved foliate decoration above a brass inlaid frieze and cut corner panelled doors flanked by columns carved in low relief and enclosing three trays, th

A late Regency Scottish mahogany linen press the moulded cornice with later central fan above a cross banded panelled frieze above two flame mahogany panelled doors with raised moulded decoration enclosing hanging space to one side and slides to the other

Regency mahogany gentleman's wardrobe with a shaped cornice, three panel doors, a bank of four lower drawers, a lower panel door and a plinth base

A fine Regency period mahogany wardrobe, in the manner of Gillows of Lancaster, the moulded cornice above four Gothic arched doors with trefoil spandrels and cross banded panels and applied trefoil pilasters, the central cupboard enclosing hanging space ab

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