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 ceder two door robe, circa 1880, 216 cm high, 154 cm wide, 60 cm deep

An Australian ceder two door gents robe, South Australian origin, mid 19th century, unusual architectural design, full ceder secondary timbers, 234 cm high, 98 cm wide, 53 cm deep

Edwardian pine wardrobe, having a single mirrored door above one long drawer, height 224 cm width 115 cm depth 52 cm

A large European wardrobe, two decorative panelled doors above two drawers. Height 222 cm, width 184 cm, depth 60 cm.

An antique provincial style pine wardrobe, late 19th century, the country style robe with an extended cornice with rounded corners, a relief decorated frieze with vase and tendril decoration, panelled cupboards below with shaped frames and relief carving,

Edwardian pine wardrobe, restored, divides into 4 parts for removal, 183 cm wide, 53 cm deep, 204 cm high

Antique French steamer robe case, with original fitted interior

A flame mahogany gentlemans wardrobe, English, 19th century. 178 cm high, 138 cm wide, 54 cm deep

A fine French amboyna and rosewood wardrobe, circa 1870, with striking amboyna panelling and strapwork upon richly toned rosewood having an arched pediment pierced and carved with an acanthus crest above a panelled cornice, a shaped full length bevelled mi

Sheraton style inlaid mahogany single door wardrobe with mirror

A good cherrywood wardrobe in the Louis XV manner, circa mid 20th century, the three door wardrobe of arched form with an extended cornice above doors with shaped panels and carved floral and scrolling embellishments, with a decorative carved apron and rai

Northern European hand painted folk art 2 door robe, circa 1799. 174 cm high, 150 cm wide, 65 cm deep

A George III style painted satinwood wardrobe, English, 20th century. 211 cm high, 194 cm wide, 51 cm deep

Georgian mahogany gentleman's wardrobe, original brass handles, circa 1820, approx 203 cm high, 142 cm wide, 62 cm deep

A kingwood Louis XV style inlaid armoire, circa 1940, the robe with a serpentine shaped cornice and body, quarter veneer shaped panels with satinwood stringing to the doors and sides, the doors inlaid with loose floral bouquets and tendrils in various timb

Two door wardrobe, approx 146 cm high, 125 cm wide, 57 cm deep

A birch veneer wardrobe, mid 20th century, the triple fronted blonde robe having a serpentine profile with moderne navette shaped handles, foliate relief carving to the upper edges and raised upon low ball and claw feet. Height 183 cm. Width 169 cm. Depth

An Edwardian mahogany wardrobe with central bank of drawers 199 x 56 x 275 cm

An old African carved ivory bust of a woman, large drop earrings, plaited hair, necklace and robe detail in relief. Weight 588gms. 18 cm x 10 cm

Antique English Satinwood two door wardrobe, approx 183 cm high, 168 cm wide, 64 cm deep

An elaborate French breakfront wardrobe with mirrored central door flanked by narrow doors with oval ceramic plaques & cornice with classical decoration

A mahogany two door freestanding wardrobe, English, 19th century, 210 cm high, 118 cm wide, 50 cm deep

Edwardian pine breakfront wardrobe with centre 2 carved door cabinet, open shelf and 5 drawers flanked by 2 mirrored door hanging compartments, divides into numerous parts for removal, 195 cm wide, 63 cm deep, 226 cm high

A large late 19th century carved wardrobe of 3 doors with fitted interior

A rosewood and amboyna style, gentleman's robe, early 20th century, with bevelled glass mirror, architectural arched top, interior drawer, and lower single pull out drawer. Height 235 cm. Width 104 cm; depth 45 cm

Two depression style foodsafes from the Barossa Valley, in brown with green painted metal mesh, wardrobe 161 cm high x 110 cm wide x 58 cm deep (2)

A good Continental figured mahogany wardrobe, mid-19th century, the carved and crested shaped top above a pair of panelled doors enclosing open space with original swinging hangers, a drawer below, on shaped feet, in highly figured mahogany throughout, the

Waring & Gillow Ltd, a wardrobe, c.1930 amboyna, coromandel 187 width x 190 height x 55 cm depth, stamped Waring & Gillow Ltd

An impressive Anglo-Indian teak break-front wardrobe, circa 1880 210 cm high, 240 cm wide, 57 cm deep

A fine quality George III mahogany wardrobe, circa 1790 225 cm high, 140 cm wide, 55 cm deep. Provenance: The Price collection, Sotheby's, London, 2000

A George IV period mahogany breakfront wardrobe, English, circa 1820 one door and drawer stamped 'T Willson, 68 great Queen Street, London' cornice length 255 cm, 66.5 cm depth base length 246 cm, depth 64.5 cm

Campaign mahogany two door wardrobe fitted with interior chest with military style brass handles

A George III style black and polychrome decorated Japanned wardrobe, the ogee and stepped cornice above a pair of shaped panelled doors decorated with a quail and a Himalayan Monal enclosing a hanging rail and two drawers on bracket feet. Width 150 cm. Dep

A George III mahogany breakfront wardrobe, the raised centre section with a moulded cornice above a pair of cut corner panelled doors, the side sections with acroters to the cornice above panelled doors and pairs of drawers, on a plinth base. Width 154 cm.

An Edwardian mahogany wardrobe, 120 cm wide, 40 cm deep, 189 cm high

A good mahogany break-front mirrored wardrobe English, circa 1855. 215 x 227 x 67 cm

A two door pine wardrobe single drawer fitted below 200 cm height