The golden wardrobe relies for effect on its beautiful silken birch in panelled pilasters and doors. Its restrained architecture reflects the early 19th Century French antique architecture that remained as the 'Modern' style when illustrated in the various editions of The Modern Style of Cabinet Work Exemplified, (1829-62), in which Thomas King claimed in 1835 that 'As far as possible the English style is carefully blended with Parisian taste'. It was commissioned in 1849 by Thomas Salt, possibly for Baildon Hall, Yorkshire, and was designed by Messrs. Gillow of London, whose 'elegant productions' later received praise in the Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue of the 1851 International Exhibition. The wardrobe is inscribed with the date December 1849, and bears the signature of the craftsmen Messrs. Thomas Moon and William Foster. A drawing of the wardrobe accompanies its manufacturing costs, which are listed in Gillow's 1849 Estimate Sketch Book (no. 5677). The total cost was listed as £31.2.4., with a margin note 'add £2.19.5.'.