The armoire is a form closely identified with Germanic culture. This elegantly executed example is related to one that has descended in the cabinetmaker's family. Johann Michael Jahn's armoires are considered among his greatest works.
In the 1800s, wardrobes, like this one, were important pieces of furniture in Texas homes because of the lack of closets. The owner could disassemble this wardrobe for easier movement. Topped with a skillfully carved, scrolled crest with a palmette ornament at the center, the wardrobe features a lively wood grain in the matched panels of its doors. This remarkable wardrobe is among the best examples of Texas-German furniture.
92 x 66 x 22 in. (233.7 x 167.6 x 55.9 cm)
Place of Origin
New Braunfels (Comal County, Tex.)
The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of William J. Hill.
Artisan or Artist
Jahn, Johann Michael.
bone ; walnut ; pine ; wardrobes
Materials Facet -- Materials (Hierarchy Name) -- materials (matter) -- combination inorganic/organic material -- combination inorganic/organic animal material -- bone (material) ; Materials Facet -- Materials (Hierarchy Name) -- materials (matter) -- biological material -- plant material -- wood (plant material) -- hardwood -- walnut (wood) -- black walnut (wood) ; Materials Facet -- Materials (Hierarchy Name) -- materials (matter) -- biological material -- plant material -- wood (plant material) -- softwood -- pine (wood) ; Objects Facet -- Furnishings and Equipment (Hierarchy Name) -- Furnishings (Hierarchy Name) -- furnishings (artifacts) -- furniture -- case furniture -- wardrobes (case furniture)
Furnishings -- furniture -- storage and display furniture -- wardrobe
case furniture -- wardrobes
A Texas Legacy: Selections from the William J. Hill Collection