WARDROBE , a portable upright
See also:cupboard for storing clothes . The earliest wardrobe was a chest, and it was not until some degree of luxury was attained in
See also:regal palaces and the castles of powerful nobles that
See also:separate accommodation was provided for the sumptuous
See also:apparel of the
See also:great . The name of wardrobe was then given to a
See also:room in which the
See also:wall-space was filled with cupboards and lockers—the drawer is a comparatively
See also:modern invention . From these cupboards and lockers the modern wardrobe, with its
See also:hanging spaces, sliding shelves and drawers, was slowly evolved . In its movable
See also:form as an
See also:oak " hanging cupboard " it
See also:dates back to the early 17th century . For probably a
See also:hundred years such pieces, massive and cumbrous in form, but often with well-carved fronts, were made in
See also:fair numbers; then the gradual diminution in the use of oak for
See also:cabinet-making produced a
See also:change of fashion .
See also:Walnut succeeded oak as the favourite material for furniture, but hanging wardrobes in walnut appear to have been made very rarely, although clothes presses, with drawers and sliding trays, were frequent . During a large portion of the 18th century the tallboy (q.v.) was much used for storing clothes . Towards its end, however, the wardrobe began to develop into its modern form, with a hanging
See also:board at each side, a
See also:press in the upper
See also:part of the central portion and drawers below . As a
See also:rule it was of
See also:mahogany, but so soon as satinwood and other hitherto scarce finely grained
See also:foreign woods began to be obtainable in considerable quantities, many elaborately and even magnificently inlaid wardrobes were made . Where
See also:Chippendale and his school had carved,
See also:Sheraton and
See also:Hepplewhite and their contemporaries obtained their effects by the
See also:artistic employment of deftly contrasted and highly polished woods . The first step in the
See also:evolution of the wardrobe was taken when the central doors, which had hitherto enclosed merely the upper part, were carried to the
See also:floor, covering the drawers as well as the sliding shelves, and were fitted with mirrors .
See also:WARD-ROOM (i.e. the room of the guard), the
See also:cabin occupied by the commissioned
See also:officers, except the captain, in a man-of-war . In the wooden
See also:ships it was above the
See also:gun-room .
HENRY WARDLAW (d. 1440)
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