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

Recommended Items at Auction

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19TH C. FRENCH WALNUT TWO DOOR ARMOIRE
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
19TH C. FRENCH WALNUT TWO DOOR ARMOIRE
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $500- $800
$5000 Bids
A GOOD LARGE 19TH CENTURY FRENCH OAK TWO DOOR ARMOIRE, with a dentil moulded cornice, a pair of panelled doors
Oct 21, 10:30 AM BST
A GOOD LARGE 19TH CENTURY FRENCH OAK TWO DOOR ARMOIRE, with a dentil moulded cornice, a pair of panelled doors
by John Nicholsons Fine Art Auctioneer & Valuer
Est: £300- £500
£2600 Bids
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Continental Polychromed Armoire
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
Continental Polychromed Armoire
by New Orleans Auction Galleries
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$1,3000 Bids
A 2 DOOR FRENCH CHERRY ARMOIRE CIRCA 1800
Oct 28, 11:00 AM EDT
A 2 DOOR FRENCH CHERRY ARMOIRE CIRCA 1800
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $500- $800
$3250 Bids
FRENCH MAHOGANY 3-DOOR ARMOIRE C.1900
Oct 28, 11:00 AM EDT
FRENCH MAHOGANY 3-DOOR ARMOIRE C.1900
by Kamelot Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$5000 Bids
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ARMADIO
Oct 21, 9:00 PM CEST
ARMADIO
by Trionfante Antiques s.r.l
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€6000 Bids
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18TH C. GEORGIAN MAHOGANY LINEN PRESS
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
18TH C. GEORGIAN MAHOGANY LINEN PRESS
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $500- $800
$2500 Bids
Antique French Louis XV style armoire, approx 244cm H x 160cm W x 67cm D
Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEDT
Antique French Louis XV style armoire, approx 244cm H x 160cm W x 67cm D
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD3200 Bids
A Regency Mahogany Armoire Simulating a Linen Press
Oct 20, 10:00 AM CDT
A Regency Mahogany Armoire Simulating a Linen Press
by Hindman
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
An Edwardian Burl Walnut Armoire
Oct 20, 10:00 AM CDT
An Edwardian Burl Walnut Armoire
by Hindman
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
Furniture: Louis XIV wardrobe in oak late 17th century early 18th century
Oct 24, 1:30 PM CEST
Furniture: Louis XIV wardrobe in oak late 17th century early 18th century
by Monsantic.com
Est: €150- €500
€1500 Bids
Furniture: Louis XV wardrobe in cherrywood late 18th - early 19th C.
Oct 24, 1:30 PM CEST
Furniture: Louis XV wardrobe in cherrywood late 18th - early 19th C.
by Monsantic.com
Est: €200- €300
€2000 Bids
Furniture: Louis XV wardrobe in oak 18th C.
Oct 24, 1:30 PM CEST
Furniture: Louis XV wardrobe in oak 18th C.
by Monsantic.com
Est: €350- €600
€3400 Bids
Furniture: Louis XV wardrobe in oak 18th C.
Oct 24, 1:30 PM CEST
Furniture: Louis XV wardrobe in oak 18th C.
by Monsantic.com
Est: €300- €600
€3000 Bids
Large antique Swiss painted two door armoire, approx 223cm H x 178cm W x 63cm D
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
Large antique Swiss painted two door armoire, approx 223cm H x 178cm W x 63cm D
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD4800 Bids
19th Century Belgian Armoire 82 x 61 x 24 inches
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CDT
19th Century Belgian Armoire 82 x 61 x 24 inches
by Link Auction Galleries
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
Edwardian Inlaid Tiger Stripe Mahogany Wardrobe.
Oct 23, 11:00 AM BST
Edwardian Inlaid Tiger Stripe Mahogany Wardrobe.
by Cooper Barrington LLP
Est: £80- £100
£400 Bids
Edwardian Flamed Mahogany Bow Front Wardrobe
Oct 23, 11:00 AM BST
Edwardian Flamed Mahogany Bow Front Wardrobe
by Cooper Barrington LLP
Est: £80- £120
£400 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Antique Armoires


Vickers & Hoad

Vickers & Hoad

Monsantic.com

Monsantic.com

Kamelot Auctions

Kamelot Auctions

Hindman

Hindman