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Century Furniture Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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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Hollywood Regency Asian Modern Motif Tallboy Chest by Century Furniture
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Century Furniture Chin Hua by Raymond Sobota Chinoiserie Dresser
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CENTURY FURNITURE Grand Rapids Chippendale Inlaid Walnut Two over Three Chest
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Mid-20th Century North American Chippendale Century Furniture Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

CENTURY Oak French Country Style Bombe Bachelor Chest
By Century Furniture
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Late 20th Century American Country Century Furniture Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Century Furniture Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie Red Lacquered Commode, 1970s
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Century Furniture French Country Oak Bedside Chests of Drawers Nighstands, Pair
By Century Furniture
Located in Germantown, MD
A stunning pair of solid red oak French style bedside chest of drawers/ Nightstands in good vintage condition. They come with original heavyweight brass drop pulls on the all dovetai...
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Late 20th Century American French Provincial Century Furniture Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Jay Spectre 7 Drawer Oak Dresser by Century
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Located in Highland, IN
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Chrome

CENTURY Golden Mahogany Oversized Transitional Serpentine Dressing Chest - A
By Century Furniture
Located in Charlotte, NC
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21st Century and Contemporary American Other Century Furniture Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

CENTURY Golden Mahogany Oversized Transitional Serpentine Dressing Chest - B
By Century Furniture
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21st Century and Contemporary American Other Century Furniture Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Century Furniture Chippendale White Lacquered Chest of Drawers, Newly Refinished
By Century Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Chippendale style three-drawer bachelor chest or dresser By Century Furniture, USA, circa 1980s White lacquered mahogany, with original brass hardware. Mea...
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Late 20th Century American Chippendale Century Furniture Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Century Furniture White Lacquered Bombe Form Bedside Chests, Newly Refinished
By Century Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional pair of Italian Provincial style bombe chests or nightstands By Century Furniture USA, Late 20th Century White lacquered mahogany, with original brass hardwar...
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Late 20th Century American French Provincial Century Furniture Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Gorgeous Restored Ten-Drawer Chest by Ray Sabota for Century Furniture
By Century Furniture
Located in Atlanta, GA
This magnificent commode is shipped as professionally photographed and described in the listing narrative: Meticulously professionally restored and completely installation ready. The...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Jay Spectre Cerused White Oak, Two-Drawer Commode
By Century Furniture, Jay Spectre
Located in Chicago, IL
Jay Spectre for Century Furniture, two-drawer commode in cerused white oak with brushed steel base and top banding. Could also be used as a flat screen T.V. stand or credenza.
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Late 20th Century American Century Furniture Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Steel

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Century Furniture commodes and chests of drawers for sale on 1stDibs

Century Furniture Commodes and Chests of Drawers are available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Century Furniture commodes and chests of drawers, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 11 vintage editions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Century Furniture's original commodes and chests of drawers were created in the Mid-Century Modern style in the United States during the 20th century. Many customers also consider commodes and chests of drawers from Knoll, Ello and Raymond Loewy if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for Century Furniture commodes and chests of drawers can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $875 and tops out at $10,500, while pieces like these can sell for $2,395.

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