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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A 19th century French armoire with cross banding, inlays, and ormolu

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

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

19th century two door cedar wardrobe with recessed panels

A large Victorian wardrobe, circa 1880. 212 cm high, 220 cm wide, 64 cm deep

Victorian cedar wardrobe with 2 doors and 1 drawer, 122 cm wide, 54 cm deep, 210 cm high approx

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

Victorian English mahogany two door wardrobe, with hanging section & drawer to left, five drawers and shelf cabinet to right

Victorian cedar wardrobe with 2 mirrored doors, 151 cm wide, 68 cm deep, 211 cm high

19th century Colonial cedar two door wardrobe with recessed panels

19th century French amoire fitted with two mirrored doors

Antique 19th century French Normandy two door armoire,223 cm high

Victorian mahogany wardrobe with deep hanging section and fitted interior, 157 cm wide, 70 cm deep, 208 cm high

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

Mahogany Victorian three door wardrobe, break front with mirrored central door and fitted interior

Handsome Victorian mahogany two door wardrobe flanked by tapering columns and lower drawer

Victorian satin birch wardrobe with moulded cornice, two panel doors on box base

Victorian satinwood triple wardrobe with moulded panel doors opening to an interior with trays, drawers and hanging spaces

A Victorian walnut wardrobe. Width 193 cm. Depth 65 cm. Height 209 cm

A 19th century huon pine wardrobe with good figurative grain.

A Victorian carved mahogany wing wardrobe English, 220 x 220 x 70 cm

Large Victorian birdseye huon pine 3 door wardrobe - breakfront - fitted with drawers

Victorian cedar wardrobe. Single mirrored door over 3 exterior drawers. Cedar secondary timbers

A Victorian mahogany breakfront wardrobe, with arched cornice, a large mirrored door flanked by panel doors supported on plinth