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Century Furniture Credenzas

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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Century Furniture Bombay Form White Lacquered Triple Dresser, Newly Refinished
By Century Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Italian style bombay form triple dresser or credenza By Century Furniture USA, late 20th century White lacquered mahogany, with original brass hardware. Measur...
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Brass

Raymond Sobota for Century Hollywood Regency Burl Wood Credenza, Refinished
By Raymond K. Sobota, Century Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie sideboard, credenza, or bar cabinet By Raymond K. Sobota for Century Furniture, "Chin Hua" Collection USA, circa 197...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture Credenzas

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Brass

Asian Chinoiserie Heavy Credenza by Century Furniture
By Century Furniture
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Heavy credenza by Century Furniture features Asian style hardware and Ming Feet. Has been painted by previous owner. Good condition with imperfections consistent with age. May exhibi...
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1980s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture Credenzas

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Brass

Vintage MCM Century Black Lacquered Pagoda Credenza
By Century Furniture
Located in west palm beach, FL
Incredible vintage century credenza. Chic black lacquer with heavy brass ming hardware. Pagoda wing details. Acquired from a Palm Beach estate.
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Century Furniture French Provincial Walnut Sideboard Credenza or Bar Cabinet
By Century Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional French Provincial tall sideboard, credenza, or bar cabinet By Century Furniture USA, late 20th century Carved walnut, with brass hardware. Measures: 76.5" ...
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Late 20th Century American French Provincial Century Furniture Credenzas

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Brass

Chin Hua Buffet or Credenza by Raymond K. Sobota for Century Furniture
By Raymond K. Sobota, Century Furniture
Located in Topeka, KS
Handsome Hollywood Regency chinoiserie buffet or credenza designed by Raymond K. Sobota for his Chin Hua Collection for Century Furniture. Comprised of dark ebonized ash with burl wo...
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Raymond Sobota for Century Hollywood Regency Bleached Walnut Sideboard
By Raymond K. Sobota, Century Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
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Burl Wood Black Ebonized Border 9 Drawers Long Dresser Credenza Brass Pulls Mint
By Milo Baughman, Century Furniture
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Burl Wood Black Ebonized Border 9 drawers long dresser credenza brass pulls mint.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Century Furniture Credenzas

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Black Lacquer Brass Hardware 5 Drawers Oriental Long Credenza Console Table Mint
By Century Furniture
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Black lacquer brass hardware 5 drawers oriental long credenza console table mint.
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Century Furniture Walnut Buffet Credenza
By Century Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Century Furniture Walnut Buffet Credenza This credenza measures: 73 wide x 23 deep x 42 inches high This credenza is in Great Vintage Condition with some scratching on top, min...
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Early 2000s American Mid-Century Modern Century Furniture Credenzas

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Metal

Century Credenza, Light Wood Finish
By Century Furniture
Located in Stamford, CT
Light wood century furniture credenza, sideboard or buffet.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture Credenzas

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Wood

Burl Walnut Black Lacquer Solid Brass Drop Pulls Long Credenza Dresser
By Century Furniture, Baker Furniture Company
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Burl walnut black lacquer solid brass drop pulls long credenza dresser.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Century Furniture Credenzas

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Brass

CENTURY Burl Elm French Country Louis XV Style Sideboard / Credenza
By Century Furniture
Located in Charlotte, NC
An oversized sideboard / credenza in the French Country Louis XV style by Century Furniture. Elm & inlaid burl elm, brass hardware, breakfront shape, banded top, carved door fronts, ...
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Late 20th Century American Louis XV Century Furniture Credenzas

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Brass

Century Furniture Omni Demilune Two Door Cabinet
By Century Furniture
Located in Toledo, OH
Century Furniture Omni demilune two door cabinet. Walnut double doors, sable color, with fixed shelves. Beautiful star-burst veneer façade, curved stretcher between saber shaped legs...
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21st Century and Contemporary Century Furniture Credenzas

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