Antique Wardrobe first appeared in the 18th Century but were more commonly seen in the 19th Century when properties became larger to house these magnificent pieces of antique furniture.
Antique Georgian Wardrobes are the earliest form of wardrobe built by master craftsmen using traditional hand crafted techniques. They were built between the periods of 1714 to the later Regency period of 1830 and mainly in locally sourced Oak or imported Mahogany timbers. Georgian Wardrobes were constructed with unusual features such as turned pegs or wig hooks and would usually have a fitted interior with deep drawers for clothes. The interior quite often can have a later hanging rail added and this allows for garments to hang into the space that originally held drawers or pegs, this is ideal for modern day use. Although wardrobes from the Georgian period can be quite plain in design, the quality of figured timbers used on the doors, make them really stunning pieces to look at and they can really finish off a bedroom. The Georgian wardrobe would have been a one off, custom built piece made to order, so they are always different and unique.
This antique Georgian double wardrobe is constructed from a lovely mellow shade of mahogany and is an original version of the flat pack design! Who said the Swedes were the experts? The Georgians were using this method of construction centuries before to accommodate the travelling lifestyle of the gentry.
This Unusual, Gillows Antique Mahogany Combination Wardrobe is from the late Georgian period . It has a shaped pediment with beautifully scrolled Gillows style carvings that hide several secret compartments. The central section has two over five graduating drawers displaying cock beading and the original turned handles.
Victorian Wardrobes were an essential piece of bedroom furniture, especially towards the end of the 19th century when they were part of a large bedroom suite. New shapes appeared in the construction from bow front to unusual serpentine front and the cabinet makers started to make more choice by producing varied sizes.They varied in size from the smaller single to the larger three section triple wardrobe. The main timbers used were Mahogany and Oak along with decorative carvings or inlays used with quality brass handles and fittings. These pieces of antique furniture are ideal for a large clothes collection, as quite often they would have a hanging section and several fitted drawers in the interior along with a shoe box. This would provide ample storage space, some originally designed for storing wigs but today is ideal for all those bulky items e.g. towels, bedding or winter knits! These interiors will be concealed behind a beautiful set of figured doors, occasionally with a central mirror door. Some of the more sought after Victorian Wardrobes are in Burr Walnut with a simple elegance, but the figuring of the walnut makes it a statement piece in any bedroom. Despite their size, they actually split into several sections making transportation easier than one might think.
This example has been made using the finest burr walnut and each side has beautifully figured panels with arched decorative mouldings
This Unusual Burr Walnut Victorian Antique Single Wardrobe is of stunning unique proportions. It has a deep moulded cornice above a beautifully figured full length door with moulded edges and superb decorative carvings.
Antique Edwardian Wardrobes are quite useful as they come with plenty of clothes storage, often having hanging rails and fitted drawers. As more smaller houses were being built during this period, nicer smaller designs were made and this is ideal for the modern home. Unusual shapes were produced from the Serpentine to Bow fronted in this period along with Arts & Crafts influences. Renowned Makers cabinet makers from the Edwardian era made wardrobes like Waring and Gillows and Druce & Co.
This Unusual Low Arts & Crafts Antique Wardrobe circa, 1900 has been constructed using solid ash timbers. It is of unusual small proportions making it an ideal piece of bedroom furniture.