Antique Bedel & Cie French Louis XV Walnut Baroque Mirrored Knockdown Armoire



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Monumental late 19th century Louis XV knockdown armoire by Bedel & Cie of Paris, France Made of walnut with a beautiful matchbook wood grain. Features serpentine aprons with magnificent foliate, acanthus and baroque inspired carvings. Includes large beveled mirrored doors and ornately scalloped cartouche. The wardrobe is supported by cabriole legs leading to scrolled feet.

With large full length doors, we often look at antique armoires as passageways to secret rooms or even different worlds. While most antique armoires don’t take us to a different dimension, they nonetheless add incredible charm and beauty to both new and old homes alike.

Before closets were built into rooms, a solid wood free-standing wardrobe or “armoire” (French for Wardrobe) was standard for storing clothes. However, not all could afford such a luxury, and many antique wardrobes belonged to the upper classes who owned more than one set of clothes.

Thus, on antique armoires from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, we often see artistic embellishments and luxurious details. Antique French armoires often have Rococo or Gothic carvings, mirrored doors and naturalistic carvings. These feminine elements on antique French armoires demonstrate a high level of craftsmanship and artistry afforded only by the rich.

The phrase Knock-down refers to the ability for these pieces to be easily disassembled and re-assembled. This allowed for these massive armoires to be able to shipped hundreds of miles and fit up the narrow staircases and winding hallways of the Victorian and preceding eras.


Good antique condition, wear and distressing commensurate with age and use, slight warping to door, missing trim / veneer, no shelves (can be fabricated if interested).


100.5" x 57" x 23"