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 Victorian grain painted 2 door wardrobe, circa 1860, 163 cm high, 102 cm wide, 60 cm deep

A Victorian small oak wardrobe, carved in 16th century style, circa 1880, 178 cm high, 85 cm wide, 40 cm deep

Victorian mahogany breakfront wardrobe, with centre mirrored door revealing 4 large drawers and a hanging rail, flanked by outer clothes hanging compartments each with a drawer at the bottom, divides into sections for removal, 200 cm wide, 80 cm deep, 209

An unusual Victorian mahogany secretaire breakfront robe, 19th century, with a generous stepped cornice above a central open bookshelf with a fallfront below opening to a tooled writing plane and a beautiful bird's eye maple fitted interior with compartmen

Victorian cedar 2 door wardrobe with inside drawers and lower drawer, 139 cm wide, 55 cm deep, 209.5 cm high

A large Victorian wardrobe, circa 1880. 212 cm high, 220 cm wide, 64 cm deep

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

Victorian cedar breakfront wardrobe, with centre mirrored door ( drawers inside ) and two outer hanging compartments,194 cm wide, 215 cm high

Victorian cedar wardrobe with 2 doors and 1 drawer, 122 cm wide, 54 cm deep, 210 cm high approx

Antique Victorian cedar wardrobe, with single door and three drawers, approx 220 cm high, 132 cm wide

Victorian English mahogany two door wardrobe, with hanging section & drawer to left, five drawers and shelf cabinet to right

Victorian cedar wardrobe with 2 mirrored doors, 151 cm wide, 68 cm deep, 211 cm high

Victorian cedar wardrobe a 2 door wardrobe with single drawer below, divides into 3 sections for removal, 131 cm wide, 205 cm high

Victorian cedar wardrobe a 2 door wardrobe with single drawer below, divides into 3 sections for removal, 132 cm wide, 207 cm high

Victorian mahogany breakfront wardrobe centre mirrored door with 2 linen slides, 3 drawers and shelf behind, flanked by 2 doors with hanging compartments behind. Divides into 5 parts for removal, 206 cm wide, 76 cm deep, 218 cm high

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

Victorian mahogany wardrobe with deep hanging section and fitted interior, 157 cm wide, 70 cm deep, 208 cm high

A Victorian figured mahogany wardrobe, 1870s/'80s, the Moulded Cornice Above a Pair of Pane Doors with Carved Details Enclosing Hanging Space to the Left and a Full-Height Bank of Drawers to the Right, on a Plinth Base. Height 215 cm. Width 155 cm. Depth 6

A Victorian figured mahogany wardrobe, 1860s/'70s, the moulded and carved cornice above a pair of panel-moulded doors enclosing hanging space above an arrangement of drawers, on a plinth base. Height 209 cm. Width 152 cm. Depth 64 cm.

Victorian cedar break fronted wardrobe large wardrobe with 3 doors. Centre door with 4 drawers and 2 shelves behind surrounded by 2 doors with clothes hanging and drawer below, 213 cm wide, 73 cm deep, 212 cm high

Mahogany Victorian three door wardrobe, break front with mirrored central door and fitted interior

A late Victorian mahogany gentlemans' wardrobe with a moulded cornice, a frieze with satinwood, Greek key pattern cross banding and ebony moulding, above a mirrored door, flanked by panelled doors with conforming ebony and key pattern decoration enclosing

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

Handsome Victorian mahogany two door wardrobe flanked by tapering columns and lower drawer

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 Victorian mahogany wardrobe with moulded cornice above three arched panel doors on a plinth. 124 cm high, 187 cm wide 60 cm deep.

A Victorian Australian cedar single door wardrobe, circa 1880, the upper section with a rounded moulded cornice above a single mirrored door flanked by moulded panels, the lower part with two short and one long drawer, on a plinth base. Height 220 cm. Widt

A Victorian cedar wardrobe, the fall cornice above four arched panelled doors enclosing linen slides and drawers raised on a plinth base, 251 x 208.5 x 63 cm.

A Victorian cedar wardrobe, the fall cornice above two panelled doors enclosing an interior fitted with linen slides, a drawer and hanging space, above an apron drawer raised on a plinth base, 153 x 224 x 64 cm.

A fine quality Victorian mahogany breakfront wardrobe, the fall cornice above a central mirrored door enclosing linen slides, drawers and two solid panelled doors, each with carved moulding and foliate corbels, raised on a plinth base, 202 x 218 x 80 cm.

A large Victorian mahogany wardrobe, circa 1880, the rounded canopy above three panelled doors with flame centres and amber flashed glass handles standing on plinth base. Height 215 cm. Length 189 cm. Depth 51 cm.

An early Victorian mahogany breakfront wardrobe, with a moulded cornice, above a pair of mirrored doors enclosing drawers, flanked panel doors, and corbels. Height 215 cm. Width 265 cm. Depth 75 cm.

A good Victorian mahogany linen press, circa 1880, the stepped rectangular cornice above two solid arched panelled doors enclosing linen slides, the lower section with an two short and two long drawers with turned knobs, plinth base, 134.5 x 205 x 62 cm.

Victorian satin birch wardrobe with moulded cornice, two panel doors on box base

A Victorian flame mahogany gentleman's wardrobe with a pair of panelled doors flanked by banks of graduated drawers, circa 1850. Height 123 cm. Length 214 cm. Depth 60 cm

Victorian satinwood triple wardrobe with moulded panel doors opening to an interior with trays, drawers and hanging spaces

A large early Victorian mahogany wardrobe, the ogee moulded cornice above five panelled doors enclosing slides and later hanging rails, above five short drawers and two long and one short drawer on a plinth base. Width 374 cm x. Depth 64 cm x. Height 243 c

A good early Victorian mahogany linen press, the ogee moulded cornice above a pair of panelled doors enclosing five slides, the lower section with two short and two long drawers on splayed bracket feet. Width 149 cm. Depth 65 cm. Height 233 cm

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

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