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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Antique Kauri pine Beaconsfield design robe, approx 230 cm high, 180 cm wide, 50 cm deep

Colonial Australian cedar Beaconsfield wardrobe, mid 19th century. Single bank of drawers flanked by 2 doors with hanging space. Full cedar, most likely N.S.W origin. Height 208 cm, width 230 cm, depth 67 cm

A late 19th century burr elm Beaconsfield wardrobe, the moulded cornice with swan neck pediment, below four carved panel doors above, graduated carved drawers flanked by mirrored doors.

An Edwardian Beaconsfield robe, circa 1900, the breakfront everted stepped pediment over two carved panel doors, an open display area and three drawers flanked by two bevelled mirror doors on a plinth base. Height 218 cm. Width 215 cm. Depth 54 cm.