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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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Pine single drawer armoire - key in office (185 x 100 x 56cm)
Mar 07, 10:00 AM AEDT
Pine single drawer armoire - key in office (185 x 100 x 56cm)
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD152 Bids
MODERN FABRIC UPHOLSTERED WARDROBE
Mar 05, 10:00 AM GMT
MODERN FABRIC UPHOLSTERED WARDROBE
by Sheppards
Est: €200- €300
€1201 Bid
Art Nouveau Style Black Glass Mirrored Armoire
Apr 16, 11:00 AM EDT
Art Nouveau Style Black Glass Mirrored Armoire
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1000 Bids
Continental walnut & fruitwood armoire
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
Continental walnut & fruitwood armoire
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
A mahogany compact wardrobe. 167 x 115cm
Mar 12, 7:00 PM AEDT
A mahogany compact wardrobe. 167 x 115cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD150 Bids
LARGE WOOD ARMOIRE AV CABINET 83.5"
Mar 11, 5:00 PM EDT
LARGE WOOD ARMOIRE AV CABINET 83.5"
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Est: $50- $150
$400 Bids
Vintage Grass Cloth & Burnt Bamboo Style Armoire
Mar 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Grass Cloth & Burnt Bamboo Style Armoire
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $300
$10 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Armoires


Lawsons

Lawsons

Millea Bros Ltd

Millea Bros Ltd

Sheppards

Sheppards

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.