Armoires

For centuries, armoires and chests were ubiquitous in homes across America and Europe, forming the bulk of storage furniture. Today, armoires have expanded their role with the demands of modern life and continue to be refreshed by contemporary furniture designers.

Almost every esteemed cabinetmaker has worked with the armoire. There are iterations from the arts and Crafts movement, the Danish Modern style, and mid-century modern pieces.

Some armoires have large, open interiors fitted with rods for hanging clothing (also called “wardrobes”), which can be locked to provide secure storage. Others have doors that open to reveal a divided interior, ideal for housing everything from kitchen linens to home electronics.

Rooted in a classical past, influenced by architecture, and well-suited to domestic life, armoires are both aesthetically pleasing and adaptable to all kinds of uses and spaces. The ultimate storage device in the minds of many, these grand pieces of furniture continue to stand well above their height in both form and function.


Quick Facts

  • A Continental Rococo style lacquered chinoiserie-decorated armoire sold at Bonhams in 2013 for $1,375
  • In April 2013, a mid-18th century Dutch walnut and marquetry armoire with a molded and crested pediment sold at Skinner for $6,600
  • In 2011, the armoire where music legend Michael Jackson wrote a message to himself on the mirror sold at Julien's Auctions for $18,750

Recommended Items at Auction

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Pine closet / armoire - c.1800-1850
Oct 20, 7:00 PM EDT
Pine closet / armoire - c.1800-1850
by Champagne Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,5000 Bids
Unusual Biedermeier Black Walnut and Ebonized Armoire, Austria
Oct 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Unusual Biedermeier Black Walnut and Ebonized Armoire, Austria
by Stair
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,0000 Bids
An Art Deco maple wardrobe,
Oct 19, 10:00 AM BST
An Art Deco maple wardrobe,
by Sworders
Est: £300- £500
£2400 Bids
An Art Deco maple and ebonised breakfront wardrobe,
Oct 19, 10:00 AM BST
An Art Deco maple and ebonised breakfront wardrobe,
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Est: £500- £700
£4000 Bids
ARMADIO XX SECOLO - WARDROBE 20TH CENTURY
Oct 21, 10:00 AM CEST
ARMADIO XX SECOLO - WARDROBE 20TH CENTURY
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €0- €0
€5000 Bids
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English Oak Armoire
Oct 24, 10:00 AM CDT
English Oak Armoire
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Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0000 Bids
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GEORGE III MAHOGANY WARDROBE
Oct 21, 7:00 PM IST
GEORGE III MAHOGANY WARDROBE
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Est: €500- €800
€3000 Bids
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VICTORIAN PINE ARMOIRE
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
VICTORIAN PINE ARMOIRE
by Litchfield Auctions
Est: $40- $60
$200 Bids
Continental Burl Wood Armoire
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Continental Burl Wood Armoire
by Kaminski Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
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Armario realizado en madera de caoba. Inglaterra.
Oct 27, 4:30 PM CEST
Armario realizado en madera de caoba. Inglaterra.
by Arte Subastas Bilbao
Est: €0- €0
€4000 Bids
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Armario realizado en madera de pino.
Oct 27, 4:30 PM CEST
Armario realizado en madera de pino.
by Arte Subastas Bilbao
Est: €0- €0
€6000 Bids
Art-déco-Wandgarderobe mit Spiegel.
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CEST
Art-déco-Wandgarderobe mit Spiegel.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€500 Bids
Traditional Illuminated Cherrywood Armoire
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Traditional Illuminated Cherrywood Armoire
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Armoires


Sworders

Sworders

Arte Subastas Bilbao

Arte Subastas Bilbao

Stair

Stair

Kaminski Auctions

Kaminski Auctions