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Antique 19th Century Dowry or Wedding Armoire w/ Maroon Paint & Floral Bouquets
Located in Miami, FL
A beautiful wedding armoire featuring painted urns with floral bouquets on the red panels of the doors, with swags of flowers along the frieze and waist that are all stylized represe...
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Antique 1820s Austrian Folk Art Painted Furniture

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Pine, Paint

Hand Painted Armoire Victorian Wardrobe Antique French Armoire
Located in East Hampton, NY
Antique French armoire is hand painted with French scenes on the Victorian wardrobe.    
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Antique Late 19th Century European Romantic Wardrobes and Armoires

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Mahogany

Antique, Painted Tuscan Armoire
Located in Newport Beach, CA
A grand-scale, paneled, two door, single drawer, clipped corner, hand-carved and painted armoire. The piece in rich shades of green and indigo. The interior containing four shelves. ...
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Antique 1780s Italian Wardrobes and Armoires

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Iron

  • Antique, Painted Tuscan Armoire
  • Antique, Painted Tuscan Armoire
  • Antique, Painted Tuscan Armoire
  • Antique, Painted Tuscan Armoire
H 96 in. W 65 in. D 25 in.
Antique 19th Century Italian Hand Painted Pine Armoire, C.1850
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Antique mid-19th Century Italian beautiful and rustic painted pine armoire, decorated with a decorative pattern in white and grey, has its original lock and key. CONDITION In Go...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Wardrobes and Armoires

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Pine

Stunning Antique Hungarian Hand Painted Housekeepers Linen Cupboard / Wardrobe
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer this very well made antique Hungarian hand painted Housekeepers pot cupboard circa 1880 Please note the delivery fee listed is just a guide, it covers wi...
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Antique 1880s Hungarian Victorian Wardrobes and Armoires

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Pine

19th Century Antique Folk Painted Cabinet, 1826
Located in Albignasego, IT
Measures: H.173cm, L.127cm (147 alle cornici), P.50cm (58 alle cornici) H. 68.1 in, W. 50 in (57.8 to the frames), D. 19.6 in (22.8 to the frames) Two-door painted wardrobe with ...
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Antique 1820s Italian Folk Art Wardrobes and Armoires

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Fir

  • 19th Century Antique Folk Painted Cabinet, 1826
  • 19th Century Antique Folk Painted Cabinet, 1826
  • 19th Century Antique Folk Painted Cabinet, 1826
  • 19th Century Antique Folk Painted Cabinet, 1826
H 19.69 in. W 50.01 in. D 68.12 in.
Antique Blue / Green Painted Double Door Wardrobe Cabinets, 18th Century, Italy
Located in Cuneo, Italy (CN)
Antique double door wardrobe, hand-carved and painted with a majority of blue / green colors, floral motifs typical of the time, built in the middle of the 1700s by an artisan artist...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

Vintage Burled Wood & Antique White Wardrobe
Located in Munster, IN
Deep pools of burled wood grain framed in an aged white wash. Simple curves and arches and a natural color palette give this vintage wardrobe an organic, Spanish Colonial feel that w...
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Mid-20th Century Spanish Colonial Wardrobes and Armoires

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Metal

Antique Carved Wooden Wardrobe, Black and Gold Lacquered, 19th Century Italy
Located in Cuneo, Italy (CN)
Antique wardrobe or large cabinet in richly carved wood, hand-lacquered on a black background and gilded in the sculptures, built entirely by hand in the 19th century in Italy. It h...
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Antique Late 19th Century Italian Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

Antique Early 20th Century Hand Painted Chippendale Armoire / Linen Press
Located in Charlotte, NC
An antique Chippendale style linen press, unbranded. Walnut with brass hardware, ogee bracket feet, crown and dentil molding. Features upper cabinet with hand decorated floral motif ...
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Early 20th Century American Chippendale Linen Presses

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Brass

Antique Chinese Red Lacquered Wedding Armoire, Wardrobe with 100s Playing Kids
Located in Pomona, CA
Size: 72in H x 46in W x 20.5in D Door opening: 44in H x 40in W Drawer: 2 1/4in H x 14in W x 11in D Origin: China Circa: 1850 - 1900 Material: Wood Condition: Original finished. Well ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Furniture

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Elm

18th Century Louis XV French Armoire, Antique White-Brown Pinewood Wardrobe
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A white, brown antique French armoire made of hand carved, painted pinewood with two doors, very typical Louis XV, in good condition. Two-door paneling is partially with decorated wi...
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Antique Early 18th Century French Louis XV Linen Presses

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Metal, Wrought Iron

Hand Painted Antique Double Wardrobe
Located in Lábatlan, HU
Green cabinet with flower patter, hand painted The two doors cabinet has special surface, thanks to the antique effect painting. On the doors are flower paintings by an artist. The...
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Antique Early 1900s Hungarian Romantic Wardrobes and Armoires

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Pine

  • Hand Painted Antique Double Wardrobe
  • Hand Painted Antique Double Wardrobe
  • Hand Painted Antique Double Wardrobe
  • Hand Painted Antique Double Wardrobe
H 67.72 in. W 47.25 in. D 19.69 in.
Hand Painted Antique Double Wardrobe
Located in Lábatlan, HU
Antique double wardrobe. Professionally restored, painted and antiqued. This wardrobe is truly stunning. After restoring the wardrobe we gave it a few base coats and a top coat ...
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Antique Early 1900s Hungarian Romantic Wardrobes and Armoires

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Pine

  • Hand Painted Antique Double Wardrobe
  • Hand Painted Antique Double Wardrobe
  • Hand Painted Antique Double Wardrobe
  • Hand Painted Antique Double Wardrobe
H 67.72 in. W 47.25 in. D 19.69 in.
Antique French Louis XV Armoire
Located in New Orleans, LA
Early 19th century antique French Louis XV style armoire Extremely rare painted wood armoire with detailed carvings.
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Pewter

  • Antique French Louis XV Armoire
  • Antique French Louis XV Armoire
  • Antique French Louis XV Armoire
  • Antique French Louis XV Armoire
H 93 in. W 69 in. D 21 in.
Antique French Louis XV Style Armoire
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique French Louis XV style armoire from the 19th century Extremely rare detailed carvings and original pewter hinges.
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Pewter

Antique French Louis XV Style Armoire
H 92.5 in. W 63 in. D 22 in.
Extremely Rare Antique French, Louis XV Armoire
Located in New Orleans, LA
Most extremely rare, extremely grand antique period Louis XV Armoire in French walnut with curved doors and bonnet 18th century.   
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Pewter

Antique French Louis XV Armoire, 18th Century
Located in New Orleans, LA
18th century antique, French period Louis XV armoire, hand-painted in French blue with hand-carved details.
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Pewter

  • Antique French Louis XV Armoire, 18th Century
  • Antique French Louis XV Armoire, 18th Century
  • Antique French Louis XV Armoire, 18th Century
  • Antique French Louis XV Armoire, 18th Century
H 95.5 in. W 48.25 in. D 23 in.
Antique French Regence Style Armoire, 18th Century
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique French Regence style Armoire with hand-carved wood details. End of 18th / Beginning of 19th century style with original pewter hinges and 3 drawer base.   
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Antique Late 18th Century French Régence Wardrobes and Armoires

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Pewter

Antique French Louis XV Armoire, 18th Century
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique French period Louis XV armoire End of 18th century French paint in deep French grey with French wax. Original Pewter hardware.  
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Antique 18th Century French Louis XV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Pewter

  • Antique French Louis XV Armoire, 18th Century
  • Antique French Louis XV Armoire, 18th Century
  • Antique French Louis XV Armoire, 18th Century
  • Antique French Louis XV Armoire, 18th Century
H 89.5 in. W 59 in. D 21.5 in.
Antique French 18th Century Louis XV Armoire with Extremely Detailed Carvings
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique French 19th century Louis XV armoire with extremely detailed carvings, rare curved top doors, with two drawers at bottom.       
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

Antique French, Louis XV Bibliothéque
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique French, Louis XV Style Bibliothèque, hand-carved and hand-painted in light French grey. Original pewter hardware and open cage doors. End of 18th / Beginning of 19th century.
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Pewter

Antique French, Louis XV Bibliothéque
H 93.5 in. W 54.5 in. D 24 in.
Extremely Rare Antique French Louis XV Bibliothéque
Located in New Orleans, LA
Most extremely rare antique French Louis XV Bibliothèque end of the 18th century-beginning of 19th century. Original pewter hardware French paint in deep French blue extremely ra...
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Antique Late 18th Century French Louis XV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Pewter

Complementary Pair of Antique French 18th Century Regence Bonnetieres
Located in New Orleans, LA
Complementary pair of antique French 18th century Regence Bonnetieres with detailed carvings, three internal drawers, scalloped skirt, and French paint. The backs were replaced in th...
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Antique 18th Century French Régence Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

Antique French 19th Century Petite Louis XV Biblioteque
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique French 19th century Petite Louis XV Style Biblioteque with detailed carvings, scrolled legs, cartouche, rare glass doors, and adjustable shelves. Perfect for a child's room o...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Glass, Wood

Antique French Painted Buffet Bas d'Armoire Credenza France circa 1830
Located in Houston, TX
A tall antique French Restauration period bas d'armoire buffet credenza with the original painted finish from France circa 1830. This wonderful piece of country cabinetry gives the e...
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Antique 1830s French Restauration Buffets

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Iron

Antique French Louis XV Period Armoire Cupboard Patina
Located in Vienna, AT
A very exceptional and rare Bordelais Armoire cupboard from the French Louis XV period in a light blue patina finish. The cabinet opens with two beautifully paneled doors, which are ...
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Antique 1750s French Louis XV Cabinets

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Oak

Antique German Hand Painted Armoire With Birds and Florals
Located in Round Top, TX
Antique German Hand Painted Armoire Dated 1821. This amazing German armoire boasts superb hand painting of birds resting upon flowers inside lovely vases on the front panels. The sid...
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Antique 19th Century German Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

French Antique Painted Armoire with Hand Carvings
Located in New York, NY
Stunning armoire in solid fruit wood, and hand painted inside and out in belgian white. Gorgeous original beveled mirror, and huge handcarved cabbage roses, and flower basket details...
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Early 20th Century French Wardrobes and Armoires

Antique German Bavarian Hand Painted pine Cabinet/ Armoire/ Kas, circa 1780
Located in Portland, OR
Antique German hand painted cabinet/ Armoire/ Kas, circa 1780. The cabinet is made of pine and retains the original 'sponged' paint decoration. To the top is a stepped cornice with t...
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Antique Late 18th Century German Primitive Wardrobes and Armoires

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Pine

Antique French Louis XVI Painted Armoire
Located in Dallas, TX
Handcrafted from select French walnut and featuring a wonderful patinated painted finish, this Classic triple armoire features architecture and adornment inspired by the ancient Gree...
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Antique 1890s French Louis XVI Wardrobes and Armoires

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Mirror, Walnut

  • Antique French Louis XVI Painted Armoire
  • Antique French Louis XVI Painted Armoire
  • Antique French Louis XVI Painted Armoire
  • Antique French Louis XVI Painted Armoire
H 100 in. W 63 in. D 19.5 in.
Original Green Painted Antique Russian Armoire, Dated 1897
Located in Round Top, TX
Original Green Painted Antique Russian Armoire, Dated 1897. This armoire is a charming example of a Russian country farmhouse piece, typical of the late 19th century. The hand-painte...
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Antique 19th Century Russian Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

Antique French Louis XV Style Painted Wedding Armoire
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Antique wedding armoires were hand carved by a father for his daughter and filled with linens and clothes to move with her once she had wed. This Louis XV style French armoire has a ...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

Antique Painted Armoire, Wardrobe or Computer Work Station
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautifully painted armoire from western Russia. Made around 1870, this piece was masterfully crafted in Old World tradition using only "mortise & tenon" and "dovetail" joints (no na...
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Antique 19th Century Russian Wardrobes and Armoires

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Pine

Antique German Painted Armoire With Beautiful Floral Details
Located in Round Top, TX
Note the lovely floral details on front panels and sides. In old German script, you read the name "Christina Schuberth" on the doors.This armoire was designed in a traditional manner...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier German Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

Antique Original Hand Painted Narrow Armoire with Birds, Flowers and Vines
Located in Round Top, TX
At only 16.5" deep, this original hand painted armoire will bring a touch of delight to your space. Simplistic yet detailed birds, flowers, vines, and decorative stenciling abound th...
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Antique Early 19th Century Hungarian Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

Antique European Painted Bonnet Top Armoire, Canted Corners, Nicely Restored
Located in Chicago, IL
Antique painted armoire or bonnetiere that comes from the area known as Alsace, which is located in north-eastern France. Painted armoires and furniture were quite common in this are...
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Antique 1810s French Country Wardrobes and Armoires

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Pine

1826 Antique Floral Hand Painted Cabinet
Located in Albignasego, IT
Two doors painted wardrobe Measures: H.173cm – L.117cm (126 alle cornici) – P.54cm (58 alle cornici) H. 68 in - W. 46 in (49.5 to the frames) - D. 21 in (23 to the frames) Tyr...
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Antique 1820s Italian Folk Art Wardrobes and Armoires

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Fir

  • 1826 Antique Floral Hand Painted Cabinet
  • 1826 Antique Floral Hand Painted Cabinet
  • 1826 Antique Floral Hand Painted Cabinet
  • 1826 Antique Floral Hand Painted Cabinet
H 21.26 in. W 46.07 in. D 68.12 in.
Antique Painted French Louis XV Style Carved Display Armoire
Located in Brea, CA
Antique Painted French Louis XV style carved display armoire Painted in a soft white with subtle distressed edges, and antique glazed patina. Beautiful armoire for display has glass...
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20th Century European Louis XV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Glass, Mirror, Walnut

Antique German Hand Painted Cabinet, 1820s
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
A beautiful one-door cabinet from the rural south of Germany, dating back to the 1820’s The cabinet was probably given as a wedding gift. This cabinet is made of solid pine and is ha...
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Antique 1820s German Rustic Wardrobes and Armoires

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Iron

  • Antique German Hand Painted Cabinet, 1820s
  • Antique German Hand Painted Cabinet, 1820s
  • Antique German Hand Painted Cabinet, 1820s
  • Antique German Hand Painted Cabinet, 1820s
H 73.63 in. W 49.61 in. D 21.66 in.
Early 20th Century Antique Louis XVI Style Painted Triple Armoire
Located in Brea, CA
Early 20th century antique Louis XVI style painted triple armoire Painted in a soft white, with subtle distressed edges, and finished with an antique glazed patina. Three Doors open...
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20th Century European Louis XVI Wardrobes and Armoires

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Mirror, Walnut

Antique French Renaissance Stripped Oak Armoire
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique French Renaissance Stripped Oak Armoire features no less than 12 individual relief carvings of busts of ancestors, all rendered in solid oak and framed in their own panels an...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Renaissance Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wrought Iron

Antique Walnut Armoire, Art Deco Burr Walnut Armoire, Scotland 1930, B1771A
By Maple & Co.
Located in Vancouver, BC
Art Deco armoire, burr walnut armoire, hand painted armoire, walnut, Scotland 1930, B1771A Scotland 1930 Walnut and walnut veneers Original finish Rounded top Exterior brass hinges ...
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Vintage 1930s Scottish Art Deco Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

20th Century Louis XV Style Carved French Armoire Painted Antique White
Located in Brea, CA
20th century Louis XV style carved French armoire painted antique white This beautiful display armoire has a single door with glass to display your collections. The side panels have...
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20th Century European Louis XV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Glass, Mirror, Walnut

Early 19th Century Antique Floral Hand Painted Cabinet
Located in Albignasego, IT
Painted Tyrolean wardrobe - mountain furniture H.172cm - L.95cm (107cm to the frames) - P.50cm (56cm to the frames) H. 67,7in - W.37,4in (42,1in to the frames) - P.19,6in (22in to t...
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Antique 1810s Italian Folk Art Wardrobes and Armoires

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Fir

Antique English Victorian Satinwood Hand Painted Wardrobe, 19th Century
Located in London, GB
This is an impressive and rare antique English late Victorian Sheraton style satinwood wardrobe, circa 1880 in date. This wonderful wardrobe is made from the finest quality satin...
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Antique 1880s English Sheraton Wardrobes and Armoires

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Satinwood

Antique German Hand Painted One-Door Wardrobe Cabinet, circa 1820
Located in Sofia, BG
A beautiful armoire from Germany, circa 1820. This wardrobe is a solid pine and is hand painted in a very good condition.
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Antique 1820s German Rustic Wardrobes and Armoires

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Pine

Original Painted Antique Russian One Door
Located in Round Top, TX
This one door armoire still maintains its original burnished red paint, with charming floral motif on the panel door. It is a wonderful primitive country piece, that has recently bee...
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Antique 19th Century Russian Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

  • Original Painted Antique Russian One Door
  • Original Painted Antique Russian One Door
  • Original Painted Antique Russian One Door
  • Original Painted Antique Russian One Door
H 78 in. W 42.35 in. D 20.25 in.
Antique Bavarian Hand-Painted Alpine Polychrome Schrank Cabinet, Armoir, 18th c
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Antique Bavarian hand-painted alpine schrank cabinet, armoir, early 18th c. Lovely hand-painted Alpine scenes. Polychromed. Each door has two painted vignettes of Alpine life fra...
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Antique Early 19th Century German Gustavian Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

Antique Italian Baroque Tall Carved Wood Chest Server with Hand-Painted Doors
Located in St. Louis, MO
Wonderful spindle edge and inlaid wood with original hand painted doors. There is no damage or any problems beyond an wonderfully aged patina. This has been dated and appraised ba...
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Early 20th Century European Baroque Revival Wardrobes and Armoires

Antique Green and Yellow Painted Double Door Wardrobe, 19th Century Italy
Located in Cuneo, Italy (CN)
Antique lacquered and painted wardrobe with green background and typical yellow decorations, hand-built in the 19th century, from Piedmont (Italy), has double door with original lock...
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Antique 19th Century Italian Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

Antique French Folk Art Painted Wedding Armoire Cabinet
Located in Forney, TX
A French double door oak cabinet from the early 20th century, finished in a later folk art painted finish. Born in France, circa 1920, the charming antique features hand-crafted s...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Cabinets

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Oak, Paint

Antique German Hand Painted Armoire from 1844
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
Antique hand painted Armoire from southern Germany with chamfered corners and a curved bonnet. The hand painted number in the top indicates the date of manufacture of the cabinet, i...
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Antique 1840s German Country Wardrobes and Armoires

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Pine

  • Antique German Hand Painted Armoire from 1844
  • Antique German Hand Painted Armoire from 1844
  • Antique German Hand Painted Armoire from 1844
  • Antique German Hand Painted Armoire from 1844
H 74.81 in. W 50.4 in. D 23.23 in.
Antique Dowry/Wedding Armoire with Green and Maroon Paint and Floral Design
Located in Miami, FL
A lovely wedding or dowry armoire with the original painted finish, and dated 1798. The dark green background of the armoire is broken by maroon-colored sides, crown molding and pain...
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Antique Late 18th Century European Folk Art Painted Furniture

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Paint, Pine

Antique Original Hand Painted Primitive Armoire
Located in Round Top, TX
While visually this armoire appears black, it is actually a very dark navy blue that accents this endearing primitive armoire from Lithuania. The heavy pine armoire shows its age in ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Lithuanian Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

Antique French Louis XVI Painted Armoire
Located in Dallas, TX
Antique French Louis XVI Painted Armoire features a full length mirror on the center door, with fine carved detail on the side doors depicting the quiver of arrows and bow with flora...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Wardrobes and Armoires

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Mirror, Wood

  • Antique French Louis XVI Painted Armoire
  • Antique French Louis XVI Painted Armoire
  • Antique French Louis XVI Painted Armoire
  • Antique French Louis XVI Painted Armoire
H 85 in. W 82.5 in. D 23.5 in.
Antique German Armoire with Original Blue/Green Paint
Located in Round Top, TX
Occasionally one is fortunate to discover the perfect blending of beauty, craftsmanship and timeless style such as found in this enchanting armoire. It would have been a high-end com...
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Antique Early 19th Century German Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

Antique French Normandy Painted Wood Armoire Cabinet
Located in Brea, CA
Antique French Normandy painted wood armoire cabinet We painted this in our oyster white finish, with distressed edges, and finished with an antique glazed patina. Beautiful carved ...
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Antique Late 19th Century European French Provincial Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood

Antique Baroque Armoire
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This 1880's Baroque Style Single Door Armoire is made from solid wood with its original multi-color finish and waxed patina finish. The armoire features a large crown and base moldin...
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Antique Late 19th Century European Baroque Wardrobes and Armoires

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Metal, Iron

  • Antique Baroque Armoire
  • Antique Baroque Armoire
  • Antique Baroque Armoire
  • Antique Baroque Armoire
H 83 in. W 66 in. D 20 in.
Antique Painted Louis XV Style French Display Armoire
Located in Brea, CA
Antique Painted Louis XV Style French Display Armoire with wire mesh doors. Painted in our signature oyster white with white accents, we give this armoire subtle distressed patina, a...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

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Antique Hand Painted Armoire For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic antique hand painted armoire available at 1stDibs. An antique hand painted armoire — often made from wood, softwood and pine — can elevate any home. Whether you’re looking for an older or newer antique hand painted armoire, there are earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. An antique hand painted armoire, designed in the Folk Art, Louis XV or Louis XVI style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. You’ll likely find more than one antique hand painted armoire that is appealing in its simplicity, but Maple & Co. produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Antique Hand Painted Armoire?

Prices for an antique hand painted armoire start at $925 and top out at $12,000 with the average selling for $4,875.

Finding the Right Wardrobes and Armoires for You

When shopping for antique and vintage wardrobes and armoires for your home, there are several things to keep in mind, not least of which is question number 1: What is the difference between an armoire and a wardrobe?

The difference between an armoire and a wardrobe is actually simple: An armoire is merely an ornate wardrobe. A wardrobe is a tall, streamlined storage cabinet that usually has some combination of drawers, shelves and hanging rods. Antique and vintage armoires, on the other hand, are freestanding, heavy wooden structures that typically feature decorative metal hinges and pictorial carvings. Armoires are large cabinets that aren’t outfitted with the varied storage features that wardrobes now commonly have. Armoires often have one or two doors and a hanging bar and allow for quick access. Whether a minimalist mid-century modern wardrobe or grandiose Victorian-era armoire is the right fit for you, both are highly functional furnishings and can be a smart storage solution.

Armoires have been around since medieval times, and initially they may have housed weapons and armor. In their early days, armoires were often adorned with elaborate carvings and lavish paintings, particularly in Renaissance-era France. During the 18th century and later, armoires were widely known as “presses” for hanging clothes, and they were so large that they swallowed up the room where they stood. In today’s modern homes, an antique armoire can be a striking, architectural work of art amid comparably unadorned furnishings. Whether you’re using your piece in the kitchen for cookware or as a food pantry, in the bedroom for clothes or in the living room as a media console, it will likely become a lovable focal point.

The evolution of the armoire can be seen in today’s corner wardrobes, which may rest on an asymmetrical base to account for corner placement, and even mirrored wardrobes, which feature a mirror affixed to the inside panel of one of the doors for convenience. Contemporary wardrobes commonly feature additional sliding trays and drawers and hanging space for clothing or linens, and the cabinet doors make them ideal for concealing televisions and computer monitors when such devices aren’t in use.

When choosing the right wardrobe or vintage armoire for your home, it’s good to have the following in mind: What are you planning to store in it? How much of what you’re storing will need to be housed in it? It should be big enough to accommodate your needs. What is the size of the room where your wardrobe or armoire will live? A large new piece of furniture in a modest space can easily become a hindrance if you have to navigate your way around it during your daily routine, so be mindful of the area you'll need in order to move freely.

Whether you are looking for an antique walnut armoire or a simple contemporary wardrobe, find the right piece for your home today on 1stDibs.

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