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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An Australian cedar single-door wardrobe, with three drawers below, 217 x 127 x 53 cm

Australian cedar wardrobe, mid 19th century, two door, each with twin fielded panels, over single apron drawer, Moustache base, Pegged construction

Colonial cedar two door wardrobe with lower full width drawer and carved corbels (entirely made of cedar)

Colonial cedar 3 door wardrobe with unusual 4 drawer base, 235 cm high x 189 cm wide x 66 cm deep

A Barossa Valley wardrobe with three drawers, unusual bobbin turned columns and flame cedar doors, 19th century, 220 cm high, 138 cm wide, 44 cm deep

A Barossa Valley wardrobe, Australian cedar, with strong Germanic influences, circa 1870, purchased at Barbican Antiques Adelaide, 193 cm high, 124 cm wide, 54 cm deep

An Australian cedar two door wardrobe with turned columns, circa 1860's. 220 cm high, 136 cm wide, 65 cm deep

19th century double cedar wardrobe with half bobbin supports three drawer to base shield panel doors, internal mirror

Australian cedar break front 4 door robe, with unusual selected cuts of butt cedar veneer, circa 1820/30s. See Fahy & Simpson, Australian Furniture Pictorial History and Dictionary, 1788-1938 (plate 574). Note: Originally attributed as 1850s we now believe

A cedar wardrobe, Australian, 19th century, 228 cm high, 132 cm wide, 59 cm deep

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

Australian cedar two door wardrobe with blanket drawer, circa 1880s. Height 222 cm high, width 155 cm, depth 60 cm.

Australian cedar two door wardrobe fitted with three lower drawers

19th century two door cedar wardrobe with recessed panels

Cedar wardrobe, single mirror door

Wardrobe, single door and drawer, Australian cedar, approx 200 cm high, 135 cm wide, 57 cm deep

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

An Australia cedar apprentice wardrobe two doors containing fitted interior and label to top stating apprentice & piece details (Geelong). 43.5 cm x 22 cm x 51.5 cm

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

Antique Australian cedar two door robe, with drawers below, approx 220 cm high, 130 cm wide

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

Colonial cedar gentlemans wardrobe with highly figured cross banded doors drawer in base recessed side panels and bun feet (Ex Clifford Craig collection)

A cedar wardrobe with mirror door above single drawer 112 cm x 45 cm x 226 cm

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

A fine Australian Colonial cedar fitted gentlemen's wardrobe, bearing a makers label for R. T. Carter 404 George Street, Sydney c1874 plain stepped cornice supported by scroll mouldings above inset arched panel fronted doors enclosing open fitted drawers a

19th century Colonial cedar two door wardrobe with recessed panels

Fine quality 19th century colonial cedar wardrobe fitted with two full length shield doors flanked by corbels

19th century cedar two door raised panel wardrobe, drawer to base

An Australian full cedar gentleman's wardrobe, circa 1845 the moulded inverted breakfront cornice above a pair of central rectangular panelled cupboard doors, enclosing hanging space and a single long drawer, flanked by two pointed arched panelled cupboard

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

A colonial cedar and rose mahogany double inverted breakfront wardrobe, Australian, circa 1850. 210 cm high, 205 cm wide, 55 cm deep