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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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Sellers Who Sell Antique Armoires


Austin Auction Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery

Premier Auction Galleries

Premier Auction Galleries

Aste Bolaffi

Aste Bolaffi

King Galleries

King Galleries