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Century Furniture Seating

CENTURY FURNITURE (UNITED STATES)

Known for its many durable display cabinets, nightstands and dressers made of cherry, oak, walnut and more, Century Furniture of Hickory, North Carolina, began as an upholstered goods company in 1947 but added case goods and sophisticated mahogany dining-room furnishings shortly thereafter.

Launched by Harley Ferguson Shuford Sr., a Hickory native who was born to a family of textile mill owners, Century Furniture was intended to be “the best furniture company in the world.” With respect to speed and efficiency, the brand found its footing midway through production on a government contract that Shuford had secured in the early days to manufacture thousands of five-drawer chests. The effort was significant, but it was also a teachable moment as far as Shuford and his team’s learning the ropes of running a factory.

After hiring designer Raymond K. Sobota in 1950 and introducing the enormously popular Citation Collection in 1954, Century established its reputation as a leader in stylishly designed high-quality furniture. Sobota had furniture in his blood — after graduating from Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he worked for his uncle Karl Schmidt, who was at the time a well-known furniture designer for Berkey and Gay and other makers in the Grand Rapids area, then known as America’s furniture capital. Sobota soon launched his own studio, designing furniture as a freelancer for various local manufacturers. Shuford found him by happenstance, journeying to Michigan’s second-largest city to offer a job to another designer who turned him down but recommended Sobota instead.

Century’s Citation line — a sizable collection for the brand that spanned furnishings for the bedroom, dining room and more — is revered in the world of mid-century modern furniture collectors. The pieces sold very well during the 1950s, and the line is an oft-cited success story for Sobota, who would go on to win awards for his work and whose own catalogue of designs for the brand is massive.

In his 40-year career at Century, until he retired in 1995, he designed well over 100 furniture lines. Sobota’s nightstands, cabinets, side tables and more are characterized by his interest in Asian design, distinctly and brilliantly expressed in his Hollywood Regency–style Chin Hua line, which debuted during the 1970s. With its geometrically decorative brass drawer pulls and door handles as well as dining-chair seat-back carvings — all inspired by Asian motifs — this collection has rendered vintage pieces that saw Century’s craftsmen working with alluring ebonized walnut and more, some of the company’s most sought-after work today.

Also in the 1970s as well as in the 1980s, Manhattan interior designer Jay Spectre introduced an Art Deco–informed spirit at Century Furniture, creating oversize, inviting lounge chairs and bentwood benches that featured plush tufted leather cushions. Spectre’s Eclipse collection was at one point among the largest-selling lines for the brand.

Century licensed collections with celebrity interior designers such as Thomas O’Brien, Charlotte Moss and Bunny Williams among others. In 2013, when Alex Shuford III was named president of Century Furniture, the move marked the succession of the third generation to lead this company, which is today one of the world’s largest privately held manufacturers of high-end furniture.

Find Hollywood Regency–style lounge and dining chairs as well as vintage mid-century modern wardrobe credenzas, dressers and more from Century Furniture on 1stDibs.

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Oscar De La Renta for Century French Regency Walnut Silk Upholstered Bench
By Oscar De La Renta, Century Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous vintage French Regency Louis XVI style bench By Oscar De La Renta for Century Furniture USA, Late 20th century Carved walnut frame, with silk upholstered seat. ...
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Late 20th Century American Regency Century Furniture Seating

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Silk, Walnut

Archive Home for Century Linen Bench with Turned, Tapering Feet on Brass Casters
By Century Furniture
Located in Miami, FL
Offered for sale is an Archive Home for Century Furniture Co. long, linen upholstered bench with nail heads and turned, tapering feet on brass casters.
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21st Century and Contemporary American British Colonial Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Brass

Jay Spectre Steamer Lounge Chair with Ottoman
By Jay Spectre, Century Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Rarely seen or offered Jay Spectre (1929-1992) Steamer chair with matching ottoman. A Spectre design for Century Furniture that was influenced, as was much of Spectre's work, by the ...
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1980s American Vintage Century Furniture Seating

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Wood, Wool

4 Century Furniture Old World Tuscan Paisley Leather Amelia Dining Chairs 52-541
By Century Furniture
Located in Dayton, OH
Four Century Furniture old world tuscan side dining chairs. Made of maple with paisley upholstered back and leather seat accented with nailhead trim.   
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Late 20th Century Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Leather, Fabric, Maple

Century Furniture Brown Leather Tufted Camelback Banquette Bench Love Seat
By Century Furniture
Located in Dayton, OH
Century Furniture Camelback banquette/bench. Made from a warm brown leather with tufted kidney shaped seat. Front legs on casters for ease of movement.  
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Late 20th Century Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Leather

Six Andalusia Royal Lounge Gondola Chairs by Richard Frinier
By Century Furniture, Richard Frinier
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Rare set of six Andalusia royal lounge chairs designed by Richard Frinier for Century Furniture. Features a gondola style design that became famous with the optional canopy cover. Co...
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20th Century American Hollywood Regency Century Furniture Seating

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Aluminum

Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Century Missoni Fabric Upholstery
By Century Furniture
Located in Miami, FL
Custom made lounge chair and ottoman by Century. In pristine condition. Close ups show more accurate colors. Measures: Ottoman is 36" wide, 28" deep and 20" tall.
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1990s American Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Fabric

Century Furniture Mid Century Walnut Dining Chairs - Set of 6
By Century Furniture
Located in La Grange, IL
Century Furniture mid century walnut dining chairs - set of 6. Each chair measures: 22 wide x 20.25 deep x 33 high, with a seat height of 18 inches All pieces of furniture can be...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture Seating

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Upholstery, Walnut

Milo Baughman Style, Hollywood Regency Mohair Sofa by Century Furniture
By Century Furniture
Located in Raleigh, NC
Expertly restored Milo Baughman style sofa. This beautiful sofa has deep teal mohair fabric with new foam and down cushions. The fabric is extremely plush and the sofa sits firm but ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Hollywood Regency Century Furniture Seating

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Mohair

Chin Hua Asian Dining Chairs by Raymond Sabota for Century Furniture
By Century Furniture, Raymond Sabota
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Set of 6 dining chairs by Century Furniture. Part of the Chin Hua collection by Raymond Sabota. Asian chinoiserie style newly lacquered in high gloss blue. Original seat upholstery h...
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1980s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Pair of Century Floral Footstools
By Century Furniture
Located in Livingston, NJ
Pair of charming floral, chintz footstools. Upholstered in pink and green cotton chintz, these footstools can be placed for easy seating in a bedroom, at a vanity, or around a coffee...
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1990s North American Romantic Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Fabric

6 Chin Hua Dining Chairs in Black by Raymond K. Sobota for Century Furniture
By Raymond K. Sobota, Century Furniture
Located in Topeka, KS
Gorgeous set of six Chin Hua dining chairs 4 side and 2 armchairs by Raymond K. Sobota for Century Furniture. Comprised of ebonized deep brown ash wood and a textured stripe taupe an...
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Late 20th Century American Chinoiserie Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Wood, Burl

Pair of Chinese Chippendale Style Faux Bamboo Chairs
By Century Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Chinese Chippendale style distressed finish faux bamboo armchairs. Made by Century Furniture in North Carolina. Clean upholstery. Second pair available. Priced per pair.
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Late 20th Century American Chinese Chippendale Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Hardwood

Set of Four Century Carved Oak Side Chairs
By Century Furniture
Located in Locust Valley, NY
Set of four carved oak palm frond motif side chairs by Century with upholstered seats.
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Mid-20th Century American Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Oak

James Mont Style Horseshoe Chairs by Century, a Pair
By Century Furniture, James Mont
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Pair of James Mont style "Horseshoe" chinoiserie chairs by Century Furniture feature gloss black lacquered finish and brass detailing. Very good condition with only minor imperfectio...
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1980s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Brass

Set of Four Hollywood Regency Faux Bamboo Chairs
By Century Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Vintage set of 4 Hollywood Regency faux bamboo armchairs. Distressed painted finish made by Century Furniture in North Carolina. Clean upholstery. Note wear from age and use.
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Late 20th Century American Hollywood Regency Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Hardwood

2 Wallis Simpson Cheetah Barrel Club Lounge Chairs Jay Spectre for Century MCM
By Century Furniture
Located in Dayton, OH
Two Wallis Simpson club, library or accent chairs from the Special Effects line by Jay Spectre for Century Furniture. Modern styling with a black lacquer finish and Cheetah fabric.  
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Late 20th Century Mid-Century Modern Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Fabric, Lacquer

Pair of Chinese Chippendale Style Faux Bamboo Chairs
By Century Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Chinese Chippendale style distressed finish faux bamboo armchairs. Made by Century Furniture in North Carolina. Clean upholstery. Second pair available. Priced per pair.
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Late 20th Century American Chinese Chippendale Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Hardwood

Hollywood Regency James Mont Style Lacquer Lounge Armchair by Century
By Century Furniture, James Mont
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Hollywood Regency style lounge accent chair by Century Furniture. This James Mont style armchair features a gloss black lacquer wood frame with brass hardware accents. Cushion is new...
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1970s Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Brass

Century Furniture Chippendale Style Floral Wingback Armchair with Nailhead Trim
By Century Furniture
Located in Dayton, OH
Century Furniture Chippendale style floral wingback armchair with nailhead trim Vintage Century Furniture floral wingback arm chair. Features a slight camelback with rolled arms, ...
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Late 20th Century Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Upholstery

2 Vintage Century Furniture Chippendale Gooseneck Red Mahogany Arm Accent Chairs
By Century Furniture
Located in Dayton, OH
2 vintage Century Furniture Chippendale gooseneck red mahogany arm accent chairs Pair of Chippendale style armchairs by Century Furniture of Hickory North Carolina. Features ornat...
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Late 20th Century Chippendale Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Century Furniture Signature Settee French Inspired Black Flocked Loveseat Elkins
By Century Furniture
Located in Dayton, OH
Century Furniture signature settee French inspired black flocked loveseat Elkins Beautifully upholstered in a flocked floral fabric. This settee was the signature model before the...
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Late 20th Century French Provincial Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Upholstery

Louis XV Style French Provincial Century Furniture Dining Chairs
By Century Furniture
Located in Baltimore, MD
A remarkable set of 6 vintage French Provincial Louis XV upholstered dining room chairs made by Century Furniture of Hickory NC. The set of four side chairs and two arm chairs featur...
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Mid-20th Century American Louis XV Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Wood, Upholstery

Pair of Century Furniture Parson Side Chairs Nail Head Trim
By Century Furniture
Located in Toledo, OH
Pair of Century Furniture Parson side chairs. Tweed upholstery in shades of cream , charcoal and tan. Decorative nailhead border. Legs and stretcher bars in espresso finish.
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20th Century North American Modern Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Fabric

Set of Six Stainless Steel and Green Fabric Dining Chairs by Jay Spectre
By Century Furniture, Jay Spectre
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A spectacular set of six ‘Eclipse’ dining chairs designed by Jay Spectre for Cebtury Furniture in the 1980s. The set consists of two armchairs and four armless chairs. The chairs are...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Century Furniture Seating

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Stainless Steel, Stainless Steel

Channeled Jay Spectre White Club Chairs for Century Furniture, circa 1970s, Pair
By Century Furniture, Jay Spectre
Located in St. Louis, MO
Pair of spectacular Hollywood Regency Art Deco style channeled club chairs by designer Jay Spectre for Century Furniture, labels, white fabric original in nice condition, minor specs...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Upholstery

Set of Four Black Lacquered Faux Bamboo Chinese Chippendale Style Chairs
By Century Furniture
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Set of six elegant black lacquered chinoiserie Chippendale style faux bamboo dining chairs. A well-made set made by centuries, circa 1980s. Cushions are badly stained and need recove...
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1980s American Chinoiserie Vintage Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Fabric, Lacquer, Wood

Chinese Style Black Lacquer Horseshoe Chair James Mont for Century
By Century Furniture
Located in Baltimore, MD
An absolutely attractive Chinese style horseshoe chair by the very talented company, century furniture. Designed in the manner of James Mont. Hollywood Regency inspired. Excellent pr...
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20th Century American Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Upholstery

Six Goatskin Lacquer Dining Chairs by Century
By Century Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Set of six dining chairs with two arm chairs and four side chairs from Century Chair Company. Pastel flame stitch upholstery is original, and in great condition. Extremely well made ...
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Late 20th Century American Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Wood

Modernist Regency Daybed Chin Hua Century Furniture by Raymond K. Sobota
By Century Furniture, Raymond K. Sobota, James Mont
Located in Buffalo, NY
Modernist Regency daybed chin Hua century furniture by Raymond K. Sobota. Stunning carved wood Asian inspired base, retains original 1980s fabric, Unusual form, style of James Mont, ...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Century Pair of Supple Brown Leather and Ebonized Gilded Armchairs
By Century Furniture
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Impressive glamorous pair of roomy brown leather arm chairs having regal ebonized and gilded frames. The backs are oval shaped and beautiful front and back. Measures: Arm height 28 ...
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1990s American Hollywood Regency Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Leather

Pair of Whitewashed Faux Bois Carved Wood Armchairs
By Century Furniture
Located in Rochester, NY
A pair of pale whitewashed faux bois carved wood fauteuil armchairs with perfectly aged glowing surface color and a graceful flowing form. Century Furniture Company labeled - circa 1...
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20th Century Hollywood Regency Century Furniture Seating

Pair of Mid-Century Modern James Mont Style Black Lacquer Armchairs by Century
By Century Furniture, James Mont
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This pair of unique vintage James Mont style armchairs feature stylish sculpted backs, brass feet, comfortable seats, and make a great addition to any interior space. Please confirm ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture Seating

Set of Six Chippendale Style Side Chairs
By Century Furniture
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Set of six stylish Chippendale style dining chairs made by Century Chair Company in scrubbed white finish, upholstered seats, bares makers label.
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Late 20th Century American Century Furniture Seating

Lovely Set of 4 Vintage Carved Rope Dining Chairs Mid-Century Modern
By Century Furniture
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely set of 4 vintage carved rope dining chairs with original leather upholstery. We love the cerused cream colored finish along with the original leather upholstery all in nice vi...
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1980s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Leather, Upholstery, Wood

James Mont Style Malachite Lacquer Lounge Chairs by Century
By James Mont, Century Furniture, Tony Duquette
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Pair of Hollywood Regency Century Furniture lounge accent armchairs in the style of James Mont. Black lacquered wood frames with brass accents. Cushions newly upholstered in malachit...
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1970s Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Brass

Eight Rare Jay Spectre Black Lacquer Dining Chairs
By Jay Spectre, Century Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
These dining chairs represent the Jay Spectre interpretation of a Classic Louis XVI form. More often found with limed white oak frames, the black lacquered finish was a rare option f...
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1980s American Vintage Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Wood, Upholstery

Midcentury Asian Modern Armchairs by the Century Furniture Company
By Century Furniture, James Mont
Located in Miami, FL
Mid century Asian Modern Armchairs by the Century Furniture Company Offered for sale is a pair of mid century Asian modern armchairs by the Century Furniture Company. This stylish p...
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Late 20th Century American Hollywood Regency Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Wood, Silk

Low Slung Lounge Chair by Century Furniture Company
By Century Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Great Art Deco Revival low slung lounge chair with cream lacquer frame, brass feet, and upholstered seat and back. The chair is in very good condition, showing only light cosmetic we...
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Mid-20th Century American Post-Modern Century Furniture Seating

Distressed Painted French Louis XV Style Bergere Marquis Chair
By Century Furniture
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Distressed painted marquis by Century Chair Co. cream paint with floral upholstery. Measure: 21.5" seat height.
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20th Century American Country Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Set of Midcentury Chinoiserie Style Lounge Chairs by Century Chair Company
By Century Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of horseshoe armchairs with "scrubbed white" finish by the Century Chair Company, 1987. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ) with dealer.
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1980s American Chinoiserie Vintage Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Wood, Upholstery

Pair of Country French Louis XV Shell Carved Century Bergere Lounge Arm Chairs
By Century Furniture
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Pair of 20th century, high quality, country French / Louis XV style shell carved living room lounge chairs by Century Chair Company. The pair features solid carved wood frames, deep ...
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Late 20th Century American Louis XV Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Jay Spectre for Century "Eclipse" Side Chair
By Jay Spectre, Century Furniture
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A channel tufted side chair by Jay Spectre for century furniture. Newly upholstered in plum suede.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Stainless Steel

Pair of Elegant 1960s Club Chairs by Century
By Century Furniture
Located in Chicago, IL
Elegant and sophisticated, this pair of art deco inspired club chairs, often misattributed to Harvey Probber, have been completely restored from the ground up. Refinished to match th...
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1960s American Vintage Century Furniture Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Set of Six Chippendale Style Side Chairs
By Century Furniture
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Set of six stylish Chippendale style dining chairs made by Century Chair Company in scrubbed white finish, upholstered seats, bares makers label.
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Late 20th Century American Century Furniture Seating