Below is our fine collection of antique armoires & wardrobes, hand selected by Wallrocks from all over the world on our bi-annual trip overseas. With over 40 years experience buying internationally, we select our antique armoires & wardrobes based on their authenticity, quality and beauty. Each piece arrives into Australia in original condition and we hand-restore the furniture according to specific client specifications at the time of sale to ensure it suits your individual home perfectly. Each antique armoire comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Our collection of antique armoires and wardrobes contains a variation of different styles and genres, including a very fine 19th century French Louis XVI parquetry and ormolu two door French armoire, a beautiful French provincial armoire, one extraordinary piece most likely from Turkey or close by, as well as fine quality English mahogany for those with simpler tastes.
The history of the antique armoire is an interesting one… originating as a weapons store it was over time that it later that its effectiveness as a store for clothes was realised. The word itself can be traced as far back as the 12th century and derives from the old French word ‘armarie’ meaning a cupboard or chest for tools and arms. In the mid 14th century the English adapted it to amary, meaning a storeroom or pantry. From the 16th century onward, the wardrobe has been known as an armoire. and this type of furniture, most commonly used for storing clothes and linens, has been known as an armoire every since and are found in most homes in varying forms still today.
At Wallrocks we believe the antique armoires and wardrobes are as beautiful and relevant in a home as it ever was. Not only do they make for a beautiful focal point in a room, they make wonderful television cabinets for those of us who prefer to hide the TV.