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Antique Armoires

The French word armoire is derived from the Latin term “armarium,” which referred to a Roman chest or closet used to store armor and weapons, and from the French word “arma,” meaning gear, tools, and arms. The armoire began as a large cupboard used store combat-related gear but was ultimately adapted to domestic duty.

Early armoires were large enough to accommodate suits of armor and battle gear. Their paneled doors were fitted with heavy iron hinges and locks. By the Renaissance period, armoires were smaller in scale and featured intricate carvings and hand-painted designs. For centuries, the armoire was a furniture mainstay that anchored bedchambers and became family heirlooms passed down for generations.

These days, antique armoires have once again become cherished heirlooms. From centuries-old examples that date to the reign of Louis XIV to Arts and Crafts pieces by furniture makers like the Stickley brothers to mid-century modern designs by the husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames, antique armoires often take center stage. Favorites at auction among interior designers, antique dealers and home decorators, antique armoires possess a rich history and unmatched beauty and quality.


Quick Facts

  • In May 2014, a 19th century Louis XV-style French Provincial cherry armoire sold at Skinner for $523
  • A mid-18th century Louis XV provincial gray-painted armoire sold at Sotheby's in 2014 for $3,125
  • In January 2010, a 19th century South German or Northern Italian inlaid walnut armoire sold for $948

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18th CENTURY ENGLISH OAK WARDROBE
Feb 25, 11:00 AM CST
18th CENTURY ENGLISH OAK WARDROBE
by Lewis & Maese Antiques & Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$3000 Bids
French Provincial Louis XV Style Carved Walnut Armoire, early 19th c., H.- 93 in., W.- 70 in., D.- 30 in.
Mar 08, 10:00 AM CST
French Provincial Louis XV Style Carved Walnut Armoire, early 19th c., H.- 93 in., W.- 70 in., D.- 30 in.
by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Est: $600- $900
$4500 Bids
French Louis XV Style Carved Walnut Armoire, 19th c., H.- 98 in., W.- 62 in., D.- 25 in.
Mar 09, 10:00 AM CST
French Louis XV Style Carved Walnut Armoire, 19th c., H.- 98 in., W.- 62 in., D.- 25 in.
by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Est: $600- $1,200
$5000 Bids
A French Provincial inlaid fruitwood armoire, early 19th century
Feb 29, 10:00 AM PST
A French Provincial inlaid fruitwood armoire, early 19th century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1400 Bids
A FRENCH PROVINCIAL FRUITWOOD ARMOIRE
Mar 05, 2:00 PM AEDT
A FRENCH PROVINCIAL FRUITWOOD ARMOIRE
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD2,500- AUD3,500
AUD2,2000 Bids
French Provincial Louis XV Style Carved Walnut Armoire, 19th c., H.- 76 in., W.- 53 in., D.- 20 1/2 in.
Mar 08, 10:00 AM CST
French Provincial Louis XV Style Carved Walnut Armoire, 19th c., H.- 76 in., W.- 53 in., D.- 20 1/2 in.
by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Est: $600- $900
$4500 Bids
American Carved Plum Pudding Mahogany Armoire, mid. 19th c., H. 103 in., W.- 63 in., D.- 22 in.
Mar 01, 10:00 AM CST
American Carved Plum Pudding Mahogany Armoire, mid. 19th c., H. 103 in., W.- 63 in., D.- 22 in.
by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $800
$3000 Bids
French Louis XV Style Carved Cherry Armoire, 19th c., H.- 94 in., W.- 70 in., D.- 25 in.
Mar 09, 10:00 AM CST
French Louis XV Style Carved Cherry Armoire, 19th c., H.- 94 in., W.- 70 in., D.- 25 in.
by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Est: $800- $1,200
$6000 Bids
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Est: €0- €0
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Louis XV Provincial Pine Armoire, 18thc.
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
Louis XV Provincial Pine Armoire, 18thc.
by Neue Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
Louis XV Style Cherrywood Armoire, 19th c., H.- 95 in., W.- 70 in., D.- 31 in.
Mar 08, 10:00 AM CST
Louis XV Style Cherrywood Armoire, 19th c., H.- 95 in., W.- 70 in., D.- 31 in.
by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Est: $800- $1,200
$6000 Bids
FINELY CARVED FRENCH LOUIS XV STYLE MIRRORED ARMOIRE
Feb 25, 10:00 AM CST
FINELY CARVED FRENCH LOUIS XV STYLE MIRRORED ARMOIRE
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $800- $1,200
$6000 Bids
French provincial 18th Century carved Cherry 2 Door Armoire fitted with shelves
Mar 01, 10:00 AM EST
French provincial 18th Century carved Cherry 2 Door Armoire fitted with shelves
by Collective Hudson, LLC
Est: $600- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Antique English Sheraton Style Bow Front Mahogany Gents Wardrobe
Mar 02, 11:00 AM EST
Antique English Sheraton Style Bow Front Mahogany Gents Wardrobe
by Northgate Gallery Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$1000 Bids
French Louis XIII Style Walnut Armoire, 19th c., H.- 74 in., W.- 60 in., D.- 26 in.
Mar 08, 10:00 AM CST
French Louis XIII Style Walnut Armoire, 19th c., H.- 74 in., W.- 60 in., D.- 26 in.
by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Est: $500- $1,000
$4000 Bids
Antique French Kingwood, Marble & Satinwood Marquetry Armoire C1910
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Antique French Kingwood, Marble & Satinwood Marquetry Armoire C1910
by Winfield Auction Gallery
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
A Louis XVI Provincial oak armoire, late 18th century
Feb 29, 10:00 AM PST
A Louis XVI Provincial oak armoire, late 18th century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$600 Bids
A REGENCE WALNUT ARMOIRE
Mar 05, 2:00 PM AEDT
A REGENCE WALNUT ARMOIRE
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD3,000- AUD5,000
AUD2,6000 Bids
Miniature Walnut Armoire, 19thc.
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
Miniature Walnut Armoire, 19thc.
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Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
ANTIQUE WOODEN ARMOIRE CABINET
Mar 05, 6:00 PM CST
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Est: $600- $800
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Antique Armoires


Crescent City Auction Gallery

Crescent City Auction Gallery

Vickers & Hoad

Vickers & Hoad

DVC

DVC

Neue Auctions

Neue Auctions