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Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

LOUIS XIV STYLE

As opposed to the styles that would follow from the other 18th-century French kings, Louis XV and Louis XVI, antique Louis XIV furniture is rigid and imposing. It expresses opulence — even its armchairs, with their upright backs, straight legs and lavish ornamentation, look like thrones. Authentic Louis XIV sofas, a then newly emerging iteration of seating, are fully upholstered and often feature decoratively carved frames of walnut, chestnut or oak.

When French King Louis XIV established his royal court at Versailles in 1682, he transformed what was once a hunting lodge into a palace that declared his wealth and power through its design. Until his death in 1715, he reigned with a spirit of excess and absolute political dominance. The “Sun King,” as he called himself, believed that France revolved around him as planets do the sun. Louis XIV adopted the sun as his emblem, decorating the grounds with symbols of the sun and Apollo, the Greek god of the sun. As he stated, “There is nothing that indicates more clearly the magnificence of great princes than their superb palaces and their precious furniture.” He was a child when he became king in 1643, only shaping his style after he became absolute monarch in 1661.

Reflecting trends in French Baroque art, Louis XIV furniture characteristics included exuberant decoration. There were gilded bronze details including shells, suns, grotesques, lions and classical references like acanthus leaves. The years of growth in the country’s manufacturing, such as the tapestries and cabinets made at Gobelins, led to design innovations. The commode replaced the chest as a storage device, with drawers and a surface that could double as a desk.

The materials were luxurious, such as the popular tortoiseshell veneer technique that leading cabinetmaker Pierre Golle used in his designs. André-Charles Boulle, who became royal cabinetmaker in 1672, was a masterful artist of marquetry, using inlays of ebony, exotic woods and mother-of-pearl.

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Style: Louis XIV
French Wardrobe Louis XIV in Oak 18th Century
Located in Brussels, Brussels
Very beautiful early 18th century Louis XIV antique French wardrobe in oak a Fine french wardrobe in superb condition with elegant floral deco...
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18th Century French Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Oak

19th Century French Louis XIV Cabinet, Homme Debout
Located in Dallas, TX
19th century French Louis XIV cabinet ~ Homme Debout is a great choice for a cozy room, or even as an accent piece in a larger room! Four door...
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1870s French Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Beautiful Louis XIV Walnut Armoire
Located in New Orleans, LA
Beautifully carved 18th century. Walnut armoire.
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18th Century French Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

17th Century Italian Louis XIV Walnut Carved Wardrobe or Armoire
Located in Casale Monferrato, IT
Rare and important antique wardrobe in solid walnut made in the late seventeenth century in the seventeenth century Italian Baroque Louis XIV. The line is in fact typical of this per...
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17th Century Italian Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

17th Century Louis XIV Walnut Armoire Italian Renaissance Sculptures Brown
Located in Sanremo, IM
Italian, bergamasque wardrobe in solid walnut, made in the 17th century, measuring 240 x 165 x 65 cm, refined and elegant in every part including the superb construction of the hat. ...
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Early 17th Century Italian Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

Louis XIV Wardrobe In Oak-18 Century
Located in Brussels, Brussels
a fine and largewardrobe from the city Namur in Belgium from the 18th century in the Louis XIV style Very beautiful work in relief on the doors Rare Louis XIV wardrobe with a c...
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Early 18th Century Belgian Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Oak

18th Century Liegoise Armoire in Cherrywood
Located in Dusseldorf, DE
Original 18th century Liège wardrobe. Rare version in cherry wood. Dismountable corpus with sloping rounded pilasters and heavy cornice with cranked profile. Two doors hung on ext...
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18th Century Belgian Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Cherry, Oak, Poplar

Late 17th Century French Louis Monumental XIV Walnut Armoire
Located in Troy, NY
Very large Louis XIV Armoire of extraordinary quality and size. The two massive doors featuring a beautiful, intricate steel locking mechanism. The lower part fitted with drawers, th...
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17th Century French Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

19th Century Louis XIV Style Walnut French Armoire, circa 1820
Located in Cagliari, IT
Louis XIV style French walnut wardrobe. Beautiful carvings with shell pattern. Interior arrangement with two drawers and four adjustable shelves...
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1820s French Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

END OF THE 17th CENTURY LOUIS XIV WARDROBE IN SOLID WALNUT
Located in Firenze, FI
Beautiful wardrobe made entirely of solid walnut, with doors and sides finely carved with geometric tiles, which give an elegant and sophisticated decorative effect. The hat has a si...
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Late 17th Century Italian Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood, Walnut

Double body with twist columns
Located in Borgo Veneto, IT
Double walnut body with twisted columns. Louis XIV Period France Provenance It is all original locks back but needs restoration which takes a month and is done directly by us. It is ...
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1780s French Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Chestnut

Pair Antique Liegoise 4 Door Cabinets
Located in Dallas, TX
PAIR Antique Liegoise 4 Door Cabinets are a perfect example of the incredibly high quality furnishings for which the region is legendary! handcrafted by master cabinetmakers from sol...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Brass

Early 18th Century French Louis XIV Régence Trellis Marquetry Armoire Wardrobe
By Etienne Doirat
Located in Berlin, DE
Early 18th Century French Louis XIV / Régence Marquetry Armoire or Wardrobe The rectangular Louis XIV Régence armoire or wardrobe with rounded corners standing on a short base with bracket feet and curved apron with gilt-bronze Apollo head mount; the two doors can be opened by a Pasquil lock to reveal the inside with four removable shelves. The doors decorated with gilt-bronze framed rectangular cartouches displaying elaborate trellis pattern marquetry and gilt-bronze paterea mounts at the corners; the inner sides of the doors each with a large marqueted rhomb motif; the sides of the armoire with quatre-foil mirrored marquetry. Rich gilt-bronze banding, the upper corners and the bracket feet at the front with Louis XIV style gilt- bronze foliage appliques. Although this exceptional Louis XIV / Régence armoire or wardrobe does not bear a stamp (stamping furniture only became commonplace after 1745), its shape, its quality of manufacture and its luxurious yet well-balanced use of Louis XIV/Régence gilt-bronze mounts on an elaborate geometrical marquetry all lead to the workshop of the important cabinet maker Etienne Doirat (1675-1732). Étienne Doirat came from a family of cabinet makers that had been established in Paris from the beginning of the 1600s. Doirat only began to stamp his furniture at the end of his career, and accordingly only few pieces bear his stamp and can serve as comparison pieces for newly discovered pieces of furniture. He constructed various furniture forms, including commodes, armoires, corner cupboards, and tables, often veneered with simple marquetry in exotic woods. Although he did not do the casting, chasing and gilding, Doirat tried to keep exclusive control over the models for his bronze furniture mounts...
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Early 18th Century French Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Bronze, Iron

Painted Armoire, 18th Century, Louis XIV
Located in New Orleans, LA
18th century Italian Louis XIV painted armoire two-door faux bois wardrobe with golden neoclassical decorative paint. With working lock and one key. As purchased in Italy with antiqu...
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18th Century Italian Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Paint

Late 17th Century Louis XIV Solid Walnut Antique Wardrobe or Armoire with Secret
Located in Casale Monferrato, IT
Rare and important italian antique wardrobe in solid walnut made in the late 17th century of the period Louis XIV. The line is in fact typical of this period of high period that want...
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1680s Italian Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

Corner Cabinet, Louis XIV, 18th Century
Located in New Orleans, LA
Gorgeous 18th century antique French Grande Louis XIV oak corner cabinet. This antique oversized oak corner cabinet mimics a stunning built in effect and will add architectural interest. Rich wood character and polished carving with lots of drawer storage. Interior is open to exposed wall. Age wear, cracks and losses to exterior edges of wood, missing metal escutcheon...
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18th Century French Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Wood, Oak

Early 19th Century Raised Dutch Wardrobe
Located in Dallas, TX
Early 19th century Raised Dutch Wardrobe is an impressive piece, designed to command attention in any room yet provide a critical storage solution for the family. The bold triple arc...
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1820s Dutch Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Oak

French 18th Century Louis XIV Period Two Door Oak Armoire
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An exceptional French 18th century Louis XIV period two-door Oak armoire with extremely fine carvings of flowers, garlands, and at the top, carvings of a face. All original hardware.
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18th Century French Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Oak

Early 19th Century Country French Bonnetiere
Located in Dallas, TX
Early 19th century country French Bonnetiere is a splendid reminder of a bygone era, when cabinetry such as this was placed next to the entr...
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1830s French Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Steel

Early 18th Century Bleached French Walnut Armoire from the Île-de-France Region
Located in Dallas, TX
Typical of Ile-de-France furniture from the early 1700’s, this walnut armoire has unadorned panels, allowing the beautiful, curved moldings to take prominence. The walnut wood has be...
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18th Century French Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Iron

Exceptional L XVI Style Regulator-Wardrobe by Maison Forest, France, Circa 1890
Located in PARIS, FR
Signed Forest à Paris A rare Louis XIV style wardrobe with a break-fronted ogee pediment. Opening with two side cupboards flanking a regulator clock, richly decorated with marquet...
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1890s French Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Bronze

Stunning Period Regence Armoire in Carved Oak, France, Circa 1720
Located in Dallas, TX
From the Regence period, this oak armoire was hand carved in France, circa 1720. Regence was the period of French history when the nation was governed by Philippe d’Orléans while the...
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Early 18th Century French Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Oak

Early 18th Century Regence Cupboard Armoire Buffet
Located in Vosselaar, BE
A great early 18th century French oak two-door armoire with a buffet interior. The exterior beautifully sculpted and the interior with blue paint.
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Early 18th Century French Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Oak

Magnificent 18th Century French Armoire
Located in Stockbridge, GA
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Early 18th Century French Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

18th Century, Italian Olive Wood Paved and Inlaid Cest of Drawers
Located in IT
Italian olive wood paved and inlaid cest of drawers, 18th century Elegant and refined chest of drawers made in the early 18th century in Piedmont (northern Italy). These wood furnit...
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Early 18th Century Italian Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Bronze

17th Century Breton Wardrobe or Cupboard in Oak Turning in Boxwood
Located in Brussels, Brussels
A fine wardrobe or cupboardof of the 17th century in oak and turning in boxwood other times alcove bed transformed into a wardrobe or cupboard probably in the 19th century The int...
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17th Century French Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Oak

18th Century French Oak Armoire
Located in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
This French oak armoire has a shaped cornice over two long paneled doors enriched with raised geometric panels above a shaped apron and raised on bun feet, 18th century with restorat...
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Early 18th Century French Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Oak

18th Century Louis XIV Period Lyonnaise Chateau Bonnetiere
Located in Birmingham, AL
Rare and difficult to find Louis XIV period chateau bonnetiere. Solid walnut. An exceptional example from the Lyon region of France, renown in the 1700s for its superior production o...
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Early 18th Century French Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

Spanish Louis XIV Period Carved Walnut 2-Door, 1 Door Armadio, 1stq 18th cen.
Located in Atlanta, GA
This beautiful bestia features a wide and deep stepped cornice atop a large case with geometric carved paneled sides and two geometric carved paneled doors, all the carvings deep and...
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1710s Spanish Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

French 18th Century Lyonnaise Walnut Armoire
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
Magnificent French 18th century Lyonnaise carved walnut armoire with a bold dentil- molded crown above a pair of highly-carved arched top doors featuring...
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Mid-18th Century French Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

Early 18th Century Louis XIV Walnut Antique Wardrobe or Cabinet
Located in Casale Monferrato, IT
Rare and important antique cabinet in solid walnut made in the early 18th century Italian Louis XIV. The line is in fact typical of this period of high period that wanted this type o...
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Early 18th Century Italian Antique Louis XIV Wardrobes and Armoires

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Walnut

Louis Xiv wardrobes and armoires for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a broad range of unique Louis XIV wardrobes and armoires for sale on 1stDibs. Many of these items were first offered in the Early 20th Century, but contemporary artisans have continued to produce works inspired by this style. If you’re looking to add vintage wardrobes and armoires created in this style to your space, the works available on 1stDibs include case pieces and storage cabinets and other home furnishings, frequently crafted with wood, oak and other materials. If you’re shopping for used Louis XIV wardrobes and armoires made in a specific country, there are Europe, France, and Italy pieces for sale on 1stDibs. While there are many designers and brands associated with original wardrobes and armoires, popular names associated with this style include and Forest A' Paris. It’s true that these talented designers have at times inspired knockoffs, but our experienced specialists have partnered with only top vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Prices for wardrobes and armoires differ depending upon multiple factors, including designer, materials, construction methods, condition and provenance. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $1,584 and tops out at $307,692 while the average work can sell for $8,824.

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