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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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A pinewood wardrobe
Oct 19, 6:30 PM CEST
A pinewood wardrobe
by Bayeu Subastas
Est: €200- €300
€2000 Bids
Mahogany Inlaid 3 Section Armoire
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Mahogany Inlaid 3 Section Armoire
by Regency Auction House
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
NORDISK ANDELS EKSPORT MID-CENTURY MODERN TEAKWOOD ARMOIRE / WARDROBE,
Oct 15, 9:00 AM EDT
NORDISK ANDELS EKSPORT MID-CENTURY MODERN TEAKWOOD ARMOIRE / WARDROBE,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Contemporary Black Lacquered Floral Armoire
Oct 18, 12:00 PM EDT
Contemporary Black Lacquered Floral Armoire
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $200- $2,000
$1000 Bids
LARGE VINTAGE BAKER FURNITURE ARMOIRE CABINET 90"
Oct 10, 4:00 PM EDT
LARGE VINTAGE BAKER FURNITURE ARMOIRE CABINET 90"
by DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$50 Bids
An Heal's oak wardrobe,
Oct 25, 9:30 AM BST
An Heal's oak wardrobe,
by Sworders
Est: £250- £450
£2000 Bids
A Fully Demountable Tasmanian Oak Six Door Wardrobe
Oct 16, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Fully Demountable Tasmanian Oak Six Door Wardrobe
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Armoires


Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions

Bill Hood & Sons Arts & Antiques Auctions

Sworders

Sworders

Theodore Bruce

Theodore Bruce

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates