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...Some wardrobes were fitted with small drawers, shelves and cupboards down one side.
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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
A Continental Art Noveau Ash and marquetry armoire in the manner of Emile Galle, late 19th century, the moulded and panelled cornice above an asymmetrical arrangement of a tall door enclosing a hanging space, a shorter mirrored door enclosing shelves, and
A French Art Nouveau walnut, bird's eye maple, and marquetry armoire late, 19th century, the moulded cornice above an asymmetrical arrangement of a cupboard and flight of drawers to one side and a mirrored door enclosing hanging space to the other, on turn
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