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Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

Known for its durable vintage 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 vintage 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 Century Furniture lounge chairs and dining chairs as well as vintage mid-century modern credenzas, dressers and more on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Century Furniture
Wonderful Set of 10 High Back Woven Rattan and Beach Wood Dining Chairs
By Century Furniture
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Set of 10 high-back rattan dining chairs. Made by Century Furniture Company but are unmarked. We have 2 arms chairs and 8 side chairs. Measure: Arm height is 25". Wonderful design an...
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Late 20th Century Hollywood Regency Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Rattan

Eight Rare Jay Spectre Black Lacquer Dining Chairs
By Century Furniture, Jay Spectre
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 Dining Room Chairs

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Wood, Upholstery

Set of 6 Chinese Chippendale Dining Chairs by Century Furniture
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
Set of 6 Chinese Chippendale dining chairs by Century Furniture Faux bamboo in an antiqued finish with neutral silk blend seat cushions. Set includes two armchairs and four ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Chinese Chippendale Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Wood

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 Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Lacquer, Wood

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 Dining Room Chairs

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Stainless Steel

CENTURY Pickled & Distressed Ball in Claw Dining Side Chairs - Set of 6
By Century Furniture
Located in Charlotte, NC
A set of six dining side chairs in the Chippendale style by Century Furniture of Hickory, North Carolina, USA. Pickled and distressed finish, hardwood construction, carved knees, cab...
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Late 20th Century American Chippendale Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

Chinese Chippendale Faux Bamboo Dining Chairs by Century Set of 6
By Century Furniture
Located in Southampton, NJ
A beautiful set of 6 dining chairs in the Chippendale Chinoiserie style having 4 side and 2 armchairs. In stunning condition with new cushioning and soft upholstery. All chairs are a...
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1960s American Chinese Chippendale Vintage Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Walnut

French Provincial Cane Dining Chairs by Century Furniture, Set of 6
By Century Furniture
Located in Lake Worth, FL
For FULL item description be sure to click on CONTINUE READING at the bottom of this listing. Offering one of our recent palm beach estate fine furniture acquisitions of a set of...
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1990s French Provincial Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Cane, Wood

Century Furniture Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie Black Lacquered Dining Chairs
By Century Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous set of eight Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie dining chairs By Century Furniture USA, Circa 1970s Sculpted black lacquered walnut, with carved Asi...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut, Lacquer

CENTURY Chin Hua Raymond Sobota Asian Chinoiserie Caned Side Chair
By Century Furniture, Raymond Sabota
Located in Charlotte, NC
An Asian style side chair by high-quality furniture maker Century Furniture, from their "Chin Hua" line designed by Raymond K Sobota. Hardwood with black lacquer, cane back, Chinoise...
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Late 20th Century American Chinoiserie Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Cane, Wood, Lacquer

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 Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

Century Furniture Mid Century Burlwood Dining Chairs, Set of 6
By Century Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Century Furniture Mid Century Burlwood Dining Chairs - Set of 6 The captain's chair measures: 23 wide x 22 deep x 39.5 high, with a seat height of 18.5 inches and arm height of 24...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Burl

Century Furniture Co Capuan Biedermier Dining Chairs with Serpent Arm, Set of 8
By Century Furniture
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Century Furniture Co. Capuan Biedermier dining chairs with serpent arm - Set of 8. Set includes (2) armchairs, (6) side chairs, ebonized armrest, gold giltwood serpent/dolphin carved...
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Late 20th Century North American Biedermeier Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Wood

CENTURY Caned Walnut Spanish Style Dining Chairs - Set of 6
By Century Furniture
Located in Charlotte, NC
A set of six Spanish style dining chairs by Century Furniture. Solid walnut, carved crestrail, high cane backs, blue & grey color fabric upholstered seats, round tapered front legs a...
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Mid-20th Century American Spanish Colonial Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Cane, Walnut

Chin Hua Chinoiserie Dining Chairs W/ Arms
By Century Furniture
Located in Toronto, ON
Your chance to own a rare set of Century Furniture Dining Chairs. This style is a more modern version of the Century Furniture Chin Hua by Raymond Sobota dining chairs available from...
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1980s American Chinoiserie Vintage Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood, Burl

Chin Hua Chinoiserie Dining Chairs
By Century Furniture
Located in Toronto, ON
Your chance to own a rare set of Century Furniture Dining Chairs. This style is a more modern version of the Century Furniture Chin Hua by Raymond Sobota dining chairs available from...
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1970s American Chinoiserie Vintage Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood, Burl

Century Furniture Traditional Dining Chairs, Set of 8
By Century Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Century Furniture traditional dining chairs - Set of 8 Each chair measures: 25 wide x 23 deep x 39.5 high, with a seat height of 19.5 and arm height of 26 inches This set is in gre...
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2010s American Modern Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Chin Hua Raymond Sabota Asian Dining Chairs by Century Furniture -Set of 6
By Century Furniture
Located in Lake Worth, FL
For FULL item description be sure to click on CONTINUE READING at the bottom of this listing. Offering One Of Our Recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions Of A Set of ...
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1970s Chinoiserie Vintage Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

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 Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood, Burl

Italian Alfresco Style Dining Chairs by CENTURY FURNITURE - Set of 4
By Century Furniture
Located in Lake Worth, FL
For FULL item description be sure to click on CONTINUE READING at the bottom of this listing. Offering One Of Our Recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions Of A Set of (...
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1980s French Provincial Vintage Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

Os De Mouton Wingback Dining Chairs by Century Furniture, Set of 8
By Century Furniture
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Offering one of our recent palm beach estate fine furniture acquisitions of a Set of (8) Os De Mouton wingback dining chairs by Century Furniture Includes 2 wingback armchairs and...
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1980s Vintage Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Cotton, Mahogany

Vintage Century Furniture Cerused Chippendale Dining Chairs, Set of 6
By Century Furniture
Located in west palm beach, FL
Fantastic set of 6 vintage Century dining chairs. Beautiful cerused finish on a classic Chippendale design. Two arm chairs and four side chairs. Acquired from a Palm Beach estate.
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Late 20th Century North American Chippendale Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

CENTURY French Country Oval Back Dining Armchairs - Pair
By Century Furniture
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of French Country style dining armchairs by Century Furniture, of Hickory, North Carolina, USA. Hardwood with a walnut finish, oval open carved design backs, carved curved arm...
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21st Century and Contemporary American French Provincial Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Hardwood

CENTURY French Country Oval Back Dining Side Chairs - Pair
By Century Furniture
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of French Country style dining side chairs by Century Furniture, of Hickory, North Carolina, USA. Hardwood with a walnut finish, oval open carved design backs, floral striped ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American French Provincial Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Hardwood

Chin Hua Asian Dining Chairs by Raymond Sabota for Century Furniture
By Raymond Sabota, Century Furniture
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 Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood, Lacquer

Damask Italian Provincial Throne Host Armchairs by Century Furniture
By Century Furniture
Located in Lake Worth, FL
For FULL item description be sure to click on CONTINUE READING at the bottom of this listing. Pair of Exceptional Century Furniture Damask Italian Provincial Throne Host Accent St...
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1980s American Vintage Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Mahogany, Cotton

CENTURY Mahogany Chippendale Ball in Claw Dining Side Chairs - Pair
By Century Furniture
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of Chippendale style dining side chairs by Century Furniture. Solid mahogany with carved shell crest rails, carved backs, dark blue polka dot fabric upholstered seats, carved ...
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Late 20th Century American Chippendale Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Mahogany, Fabric

Raymond Sobota for Century Furniture Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie Dining Chairs
By Raymond K. Sobota, Century Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous set of eight mid-century modern Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie dining chairs By Raymond Sobota for Century Furniture, "Chin Hua" Collection USA, Circa 1970s Eboniz...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Cane, Walnut

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 Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Leather, Upholstery, Wood

6 Century Furniture Deer Creek Caribou Dining Chairs Old World French Country
By Century Furniture
Located in Dayton, OH
A stunning set of six century dining room chairs. 4 deer creek / mill room side chairs paired with the caribou club arm chair, sierra finish. An elegant blend between French Country ...
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Late 20th Century French Provincial Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Beech

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 Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Oak

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 Dining Room Chairs

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 Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

Pair of Chippendale Solid Mahogany Dining Side Chairs by Century
By Century Furniture
Located in Wilmington, DE
Pair of Chippendale solid mahogany dining side chairs by Century Offered is a pair of Chippendale solid mahogany dining side chairs by Century. They are made of solid mahogany wood ...
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1980s American Chippendale Vintage Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Mahogany

Century Furniture dining room chairs for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs Century Furniture dining room chairs are available for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Century Furniture dining room chairs collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock of these items we have 17 vintage editions, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original dining chairs by Century Furniture were created in North America during the 20th century in modern style. Many customers also consider dining room chairs by Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Ettore Sottsass and Craft Associates if you are looking for additional options. The prices for Century Furniture dining room chairs can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $795 and tops out at $18,500, while pieces like these can sell for $2,900 on average.

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