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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
CENTURY Chardeau Collection Cherry Caned French Dining Side Chairs - Pair C
By Century Furniture, Raymond Sabota
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of French Provincial style dining side chairs by Century Furniture, from their Chardeau Collection designed by Raymond K Sobota. Solid cherry wood, carved detail to crest rail...
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Late 20th Century American French Provincial Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Cane, Cherry

CENTURY Chardeau Collection Cherry Caned French Dining Side Chairs - Pair A
By Century Furniture, Raymond Sabota
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of French Provincial style dining side chairs by Century Furniture, from their Chardeau Collection designed by Raymond K Sobota. Solid cherry wood, carved detail to crest rail...
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Late 20th Century American French Provincial Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Cane, Cherry

CENTURY Chardeau Collection Cherry Caned French Dining Side Chairs - Pair B
By Century Furniture, Raymond Sabota
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of French Provincial style dining side chairs by Century Furniture, from their Chardeau Collection designed by Raymond K Sobota. Solid cherry wood, carved detail to crest rail...
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Late 20th Century American French Provincial Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Cane, Cherry

Set of Eight French Louis XV Style Walnut Dining Chairs
By Century Furniture
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Set of eight French Louis XV style dining chairs having four cabriole legs with snail feet and lovely carved acanthus leaves and carved flowers on the top or crest of the chair frame. These are lovely Martel arm and sides chairs from Century furniture’s Coeur...
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1980s American Louis XV Vintage Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Walnut

Century Furniture Mid Century Cane and Walnut Dining Chairs - Set of 6
By Century Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Century Furniture Mid Century Cane and Walnut Dining Chairs - Set of 6 Each armless chair measures: 21.25 wide x 22 deep x 39.25 high, with a seat height of 18 inches Each captains ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Cane, Walnut

Vintage Hollywood Regency Lacquer Palm Frond Dining Chairs
By Century Furniture
Located in W Allenhurst, NJ
Hollywood Regency Palm Frond dining chairs. Deep detail in lacquer finish with upholstery. Century Chair Company icon. Curbside to NYC/Philly $400
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood, Lacquer

10 Louis XIII Os De Mouton Dining Chairs by Century Furniture
By Century Furniture
Located in Lake Worth, FL
For FULL item description click on CONTINUE READING at the bottom of this page. Offering One Of Our Recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions Of A Set of 10 Louis XIII St...
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1980s Louis XIII Vintage Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Cotton, Wood, Leather

CENTURY French Country Oval Back Dining Side Chairs - Pair B
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

Pair Chinese Chippendale Arm Chairs by Century Furniture
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
Set of 2 Chinese Chippendale dining chairs by Century Furniture Faux bamboo in an antiqued finish with neutral silk blend seat cushions. S...
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Mid-20th Century North American Chinese Chippendale Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Wood

CENTURY Chin Hua by Raymond Sobota Asian Chinoiserie Dining Side Chairs - Pair B
By Century Furniture, Raymond Sabota
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of Asian Chinoiserie style dining side chairs by high-quality furniture maker Century. From their "Chin Hua" line designed by Raymond K Sobota. Maple hardwood with black lacqu...
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Late 20th Century American Chinoiserie Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Maple, Lacquer

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 o...
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1980s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Leather, Upholstery, Wood

CENTURY Scrubbed White Chippendale Ball in Claw Dining Side Chairs - Pair A
By Century Furniture
Located in Charlotte, NC
A pair of dining side chairs in the Chippendale style by Century Furniture. Solid hardwood with scrubbed white & distressed finish, carved backrest, multi-color fabric upholstered se...
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Late 20th Century American Chippendale Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Wood, Paint

17 Queen Anne style Mahogany Armchirs
By Century Furniture
Located in New York, NY
17 Queen Anne style Mahogany Armchair Each seat is 17 1/2 inches deep and 22 inches wide. Slip seats are removable from the underside with four screws.
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1990s American Queen Anne Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Mahogany

French Provincial Cane Dining Chairs by Century Furniture, Set of 6
By Century Furniture
Located in Lake Worth, FL
For FULL item description click on CONTINUE READING at the bottom of this page. Offering One Of Our Recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions Of A Set of (6) French Provincial Cane Back Dining Chairs by CENTURY...
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1970s French Provincial Vintage Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Cane, Wood

Century Furniture Queen Anne Carved Mahogany Side Chair
By Century Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Queen Anne or Georgian style carved mahogany side chair, dining chair, or desk chair By Century Furniture USA, circa 1980s...
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Late 20th Century American Queen Anne Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Mahogany

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 (4) Italian Alfresco Style Dining Chairs by CENTURY...
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1980s French Provincial Vintage Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Wood

Faux Bois Dining Chairs Lacquered by Century Furniture Set of 6
By Century Furniture
Located in Lake Worth, FL
For FULL item description click on CONTINUE READING at the bottom of this page. Offering One of our recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions of a set of 6 lacquered f...
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1970s Vintage Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Wood

Damask Italian Provincial Armchairs by Century Furniture
By Century Furniture
Located in Lake Worth, FL
For FULL item description click on CONTINUE READING at the bottom of this page. Offering One Of Our Recent Palm Beach Estate Fine Furniture Acquisitions Of A Pair of Century Furniture Damask Italian Provincial Throne Host Accent Statement Armchairs...
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1980s American Vintage Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Mahogany, Cotton

1980s Modernist Dining Chairs with Burl Wood Back Splat
By Century Furniture
Located in Denton, TX
Very comfortable set of six dining chairs with two arm chairs and four side chairs. Very curvy lines and burl wood panels on the front and back. New Sh...
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20th Century North American Modern Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood, Burl

CENTURY French Country Oval Back Dining Side Chairs - Pair A
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

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

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Upholstery, Cane, Walnut

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 dini...
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1970s American Chinoiserie Vintage Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood, Burl

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 Furnitu...
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1980s Vintage Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Cotton, Mahogany

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 sea...
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Mid-20th Century American Spanish Colonial Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

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Fabric, Cane, Walnut

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

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Fabric, Hardwood

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 and Old World...
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Late 20th Century French Provincial Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Beech

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 ar...
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2010s American Modern Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

6 Chin Hua Dining Chairs in Black by Raymond K. Sobota for Century Furniture
By Century Furniture, Raymond K. Sobota
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 a...
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Late 20th Century American Chinoiserie Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood, Burl

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 Century 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

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 lacqu...
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1980s American Vintage Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood, 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 Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Wood

Century Furniture dining room chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Century Furniture dining room chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Century Furniture dining room chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original dining room chairs by Century Furniture were created in the modern style in north america during the 20th century. Prices for Century Furniture dining room chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $295 and can go as high as $18,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,495.
Questions About Century Furniture Dining Room Chairs
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid-century furniture is furniture created within the period of 1933 to 1965 but most would argue that the style began to emerge in the postwar years. This style of furniture is known for its sleek lines and organic shapes. The creators most frequently associated with mid-century modern furniture believed that good design meant good living. Mid-century modern is today by far the largest category of furnishings on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A variety of furniture was used during the 16th century. Items commonly found in homes include high-backed armchairs, chests, stools, benches and cupboards. Most European artisans active during the time period produced pieces out of oak wood. Find a large collection of antique furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 22, 2019

    Mid-century modernism first appeared in 1945 and merged a minimalist aesthetic with practicality. Mid-century modern furniture is distinguishable by its lack of decoration or extravagance and its use of clean lines, organic curves and variety of natural materials.

    1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Mid century modern furniture refers to pieces designed during the middle of the 20th century — specifically 1930s through the mid-1960s. This period represents a design and architecture movement characterized by simple shapes, clean lines, and organic materials. Some of the most famous mid century modern designers include Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Isamu Noguchi and Eero Saarinen.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, Century Furniture still exists. The brand operates from its corporate headquarters located in Hickory, North Carolina. The company was founded in 1947, and RHF Investments, Inc., acquired the company in 2013. You'll find a range of Century Furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 5, 2023
    To tell if furniture is mid-century modern, examine the piece, looking for labels and markings that indicate who produced it. Then, consult trusted online resources to determine when the maker was active and what styles of furniture they made. Iconic mid-century modern furniture designers include Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Milo Baughman, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi. A knowledgeable dealer or certified appraiser can help you determine if a particular piece is genuine mid-century modern or a reproduction. Shop a range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 25, 2019

    Mid-century modern furniture combines sleek lines with organic shapes.

  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    Mid-century modern furniture is so popular largely because its characteristics align well with the trends and tastes that are dominant today. Many people love its simple look defined by clean lines, and the use of natural materials also adds to its popularity. In addition, designers created mid-century modern furniture to be as functional as it is visually appealing, making pieces executed in the style simple, convenient and comfortable to use. Find a wide range of mid-century modern furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertSeptember 25, 2019

    Some of the most famous mid-century modern furniture designers were Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames, Paul Evans, Poul Kjærholm, Florence Knoll, George Nakashima, Giò Ponti, Hans Wegner, Charlotte Perriand, Sergio Rodrigues and Eero Saarinen.

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