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 George III flame mahogany linen press, the upper section surmounted by a dentil moulded pediment, above two panelled doors opening to reveal three original sliding shelves, the lower section with four drawers configured as two of half width above two of

A George II oak two door press 18th century, having two doors with three central drawers and shelf rack lower height 153 cm, width 154 cm, depth 55 cm

Victorian mahogany gentleman's press, possibly by Andrew Lenehan, c. 1860, the central chest with two short drawers and three long drawers, flanked by single panelled cupboard doors, raised on plinth base, height 185 cm width 210 cm depth 61 cm, Proven

A George II walnut gentleman's press, 208 cm high, 110 cm wide, 63 cm deep

A pine clothes press, early 19th century, with a pair of cupboard doors above three long drawers, 13 cm wide, 207 cm high, 50 cm deep

A Victorian mahogany gentleman's press, 210 x 130 x 48 cm

Victorian mahogany gentleman's press with two arched doors & three drawer base

An English flame mahogany gents press, circa 1880, 215 cm high, 142 cm wide, 56 cm deep

Colonial cedar linen press with recessed panels to front & sides fitted with sliding linen drawers

A gents press on chest with brushing slide, finely figured cedar, Tasmanian origin, circa 1840, 216 cm high, 107 cm wide, 56 cm deep. Provenance: Illustrated in 'A Guide to Collecting Australiana' by Juliana and Toby Hooper [MacMillan Press, 1978], fig. 69

19th century mahogany linen press moulded cornice, shelving enclosed by two panel doors, three drawer base on turned feet

An Anglo-Indian carved padouk linen press, circa 1860, 210 cm high, 122 cm wide, 54 cm deep

An early Australian cedar gents press with flame cedar panel doors and carved tongue corbels, circa 1835, 226 cm high, 151 cm wide, 55 cm deep

An unusual Georgian combination side cabinet, incorporating drawers and a dwarf linen press, the upper section with two half width drawers above one of full width, the lower section with two flame panelled doors opening to reveal a full width slide-out she

A Georgian mahogany clothes press with pair of doors above two short and two long drawers, circa 1,800, 216 cm high, 122 cm wide, 52 cm deep

A large kauri pine linen press. Height 212 cm, width 164 cm, depth 50 cm

A cedar press on elevated bun feet, fitted with original slides and pelmet., 160 cm high. 130 cm wide, 65 cm deep

Press. 19th century mahogany & fruitwood inlaid decorated two door four drawer

Pine 2 door press, with adjustable shelves, on turned bun feet, 108 cm wide, 50 cm deep, 206 cm high approx

An early nineteenth century mahogany gentleman's press having hanging space in top compartment and four drawers to base 208 cm high, 124 cm wide, 53 cm deep

Antique early 19th century mahogany press on chest, approx 210 cm high, 120 cm wide, 58 cm deep

Antique early 19th century mahogany press on chest, painted with S Fisher & Co store logo and stock list, approx 212 cm high, 135 cm wide, 62 cm deep

A Georgian oak & mahogany gentleman press on chest, with barber pole string inlay & whalebone escutcheons. 231 cm high, 128 cm wide, 56 cm deep

A Dutch walnut 2 door press. Late 18th century, with arched shaped cornice moulded in cross-grained walnut; the arched shaped doors bead moulded and the panels having feather cross-banded edges. The drawers with feather-banded and cockbeaded edges having e

Linen press: George II oyster veneer walnut with brass handles, c1720s. Height 206 cm, width 113 cm, depth 53 cm

Georgian style black wood press on chest with 2 door hanging compartment above 4 drawers, 132 cm wide, 64 cm deep, 192 cm high

A George IV mahogany tallboy press with a moulded cornice above a pair of panelled doors, the lower section with four graduated drawers

Small antique French metal strapped press, approx 60 cm high, 30 cm square

A carved timber two door linen press with panelled sides 183 cm x 98 cm x 56 cm

Large antique early 19th century French wine press, approx 180 cm high, 80 cm wide, 48 cm deep

A 19th century Anglo Indian teak linen press the upper section with two sunburst panelled doors opening to three linen slides, the lower section with two short and two full length drawers, turned supports, 115.5 x 114.5 x 45 cm

Gleeson, James, Masterpieces of Australian Art, Landsdowne Press Pty. Ltd. 1969, with slip case

D'Abrera, Bernard, Butterflies of the Australia Region, Landsdowne Press Pty. Ltd 1971

Set of vintage dominos in box, small butter press and cased instrument (3)

19th century mahogany gentlemans press fitted with 4 drawers below and interior sliding trays

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

Linen Press: A fine English flame mahogany press over 3 drawers with brass lions mask handles & bone escutcheons, c1830s. Height 212 cm, width 132, depth 60 cm

Antique 19th century mahogany press on chest, fitted with a four drawer base and panelled two door top, approx 203 cm high, 126 cm wide

A collection of books including 'The Legitimacy of Amicia, daughter of Hugh Cyveliok, Earl of Chester' by Thomas Mainwaring [Sam Lowndes, London, 1679]; 'A Tale of a Tub' by Swift [Charles Bathurst, London, 1747]; 'The Club; in a dialogue between Father an

Australian cedar gentleman's press, two panelled doors open to reveal fitted interior with two short drawers and one long drawer below, having turned wood pulls and raised on bracket feet with shaped apron