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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Large 19th century birdseye huon pine two door wardrobe with central bank of drawers decorated with carved scrolled pediment

19th century huon pine combination wardrobe, hanging space to one side, drawers to the other

A huon pine mirrored two-door wardrobe, Australian, circa 1890, 220 cm high, 139 cm wide, 62 cm deep

A large and imposing huon Pine two door robe with carved panels and two drawers fitted below

19th century huon pine two door fitted wardrobe with arched panels one half fitted with drawers

Huon pine two door robe, approx 210 cm high, 147 cm wide

A Victorian huon pine wardrobe 1890s, the carved swan-neck pediment and moulded cornice above a single mirrored door and side panels, the lower section with a pair of deep drawers, on a plinth base, showing knotty figuring throughout. Height 234 cm. Width

A rare Australian huon and birds-eye huon pine linen press Tasmania, circa 1850, the moulded cornice above a pair of arched panelled doors enclosing original huon pine linen slides, above two short and two long drawers, raised on turned feet, 131 cm wide,

An Australian three door huon pine wardrobe with original fitted interior C.1880

A 19th century huon pine wardrobe with good figurative grain.

Large Victorian birdseye huon pine 3 door wardrobe - breakfront - fitted with drawers

A superb huon pine wardrobe with carved urn and foliate decoration, fitted with a bank of five drawers

A fine quality Australian Colonial huon pine wardrobe, the single full length mirrored door with carvings, flanked by two arched panels and two drawers below

Late 19th century Victorian colonial style huon pine gentleman's wardrobe fitted

An Edwardian huon pine wardrobe two door, 138 cm wide x 203 cm high

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