Armoire

Armoire

Written by: Laurie Lehrich

ar·moire

noun

1) a large wardrobe or movable cupboard, with doors and shelves.

As defined by Wikipedia: A wardrobe, also known as an armoire from the French, is a standing closet used for storing clothes. The earliest wardrobe was a chest, and it was not until some degree of luxury was attained in regal palaces and the castles of powerful nobles that separate accommodation was provided for the apparel of the great. The name of wardrobe was then given to a room in which the wall-space was filled with cupboards and lockers, the drawer being a comparatively modern invention. From these cupboards and lockers the modern wardrobe, with its hanging spaces, sliding shelves and drawers, evolved slowly.

Vintage armoires often boast a bonnet top in addition to many other furniture details.

A compound wardrobe made of huanghuali rosewood; dated c. 1550-1600, during the Chinese en:Ming Dynasty.

A modern wardrobe.

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