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 late Victorian English mahogany two-door wardrobe, in restored condition, 208 x 134 x 56 cm

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

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

Victorian mahogany wardrobe, mirrored doors above a long drawer, height 217 cm width 135 cm depth 55 cm

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

Late Victorian gentleman's wardrobe, of rectangular form, with a stepped pediment, set with a pair of central panel of doors, above three short trinket drawers and five graduated drawers, flanked by a pair of doors, inlaid with wreath motifs, the whole

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

19th century Danish pine two door armoire with fitted shelving to the interior

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

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

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,

A Victorian burr walnut three-door breakfront wardrobe, with fitted interior, W. 190 cm

A French provincial Cherrywood armoire with later cornice, 18th /19th century, 204 cm high, 142 cm wide, 68 cm deep

A fine carved oak wardrobe, late 19th century, 189 cm high, 136 cm wide, 59 cm deep

A Louis XV style carved walnut mirror panelled armoire, 19th century, with central acanthus leaf and cartouche, 250 cm high, 135 cm wide, 50 cm deep

A large French provincial style painted armoire, 19th century, 240 cm high, 152 cm wide, 60 cm deep

A French fruit wood armoire of large proportion, 19th century, 225 cm high, 130 cm wide, 50 cm deep

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

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

Victorian mahogany wardrobe with mirrored door above 3 drawers. Divides into 3 parts for removal 121 cm wide, 54 cm deep, 218 cm high approx.

A French burr elm two door armoire, late 19th century, the interior having single shelf, with two half size, drawers. Height 250 cm. Width 145 cm. Depth 54 cm

A large French rosewood armoire, late 19th to early 20th century, with restrained Louis XVI influence, the generously proportioned three door mirrored armoire, having an arched architectural pediment with brass pomegranate finials, a lower drawer, and embe

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

Antique French 19th century fruitwood two door and single drawer armoire. Approx 220 cm high, 155 cm long, 55 cm wide

A Continental 19th century ornately carved oak two door armoire, having original iron hardware. 240 cm high, 146 cm high, 48 cm deep

A Victorian grain painted 2 door wardrobe, circa 1860, 163 cm high, 102 cm wide, 60 cm deep

A Victorian small oak wardrobe, carved in 16th century style, circa 1880, 178 cm high, 85 cm wide, 40 cm deep

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

Victorian mahogany breakfront wardrobe, with centre mirrored door revealing 4 large drawers and a hanging rail, flanked by outer clothes hanging compartments each with a drawer at the bottom, divides into sections for removal, 200 cm wide, 80 cm deep, 209

Impressive antique French early 19th century two door marriage armoire. Recessed oak panelled doors, approx. 155 cm long, 66 cm wide, 220 cm high

Large 19th century birdseye huon pine two door wardrobe with central bank of drawers decorated with carved scrolled pediment

19th century huon pine combination wardrobe, hanging space to one side, drawers to the other

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

A late 19th century Flemish / Brittany three door wardrobe carved in blonde oak, approx 223 cm high, 180 cm wide, 60 cm deep

Antique 19th century French oak and cherry wood two door armoire, approx 227 cm high, 150cm wide

An antique French walnut armoire in the Louis XV style, 19th century, of generous proportions, the elegant armoire with an arched profile and a pierced rocaille crest above a pair of shaped doors with conforming mirrors, with feather banding to the doors,

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

Antique early 19th century French Louis XV rustic style glazed two door armoire, approx 220 cm x 153 cm wide, 54 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

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