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Century Furniture

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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Brass Pull Oak Burl Wood Campaign Modern Credenza by Century Furniture, 1970s
By Henredon, Century Furniture, Milo Baughman
Located in Saint Petersburg, FL
Stunning Campaign style credenza made by esteemed US furniture maker Century, circa 1970s. Mesmerizing burl wood on fronts and top. The brass pull hardware ties together British trad...
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture

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Brass

Chin Hua Dresser Credenza by Century Furniture
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
Century Chin Hua dresser credenza Sideboard buffet or dresser manufactured by Century Furniture as part of the Chin Hua collection from the 1970s. Ebonized with beautiful brass p...
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1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Century Furniture Chin Hua Nightstands
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
Pair of Century Furniture Chin Hua nightstands Pair of Century Furniture Chin Hua nightstands Pair of Chin Hua nightstands by Century Furniture. Ebonized cases with brass hardw...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture

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Wood

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

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Hardwood

Century Furniture Beige Tufted Silk Wingback Armchair Louis XV French Style
By Century Furniture
Located in Dayton, OH
Century Furniture tufted wingback chair. Classic Louis XV styling with an intricately carved frame over reeded and tapered legs leading to arrow feet.     
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Late 20th Century North American Louis XV Century Furniture

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Silk, Hardwood

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

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Fabric

Century Furniture Hollywood Regency Campaign Style Burlwood Credenza, circa 1970
By Century Furniture
Located in Southampton, NJ
A beautiful burlwood and mahogany credenza by Century Furniture having brass pulls, a long interior shelf and 3 deep drawers with brass loop pulls providing ample storage. A stunnin...
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture

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Ash, Mahogany

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

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Oak

Chinese Chippendale Faux Bamboo Dining Chairs by Century, Set of 6
By Century Furniture
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Set of six faux bamboo dining chairs in chinoiserie style by Century Chair Company. Deep brown stained finish with neutral upholstery. Very good condition with only very minor imperf...
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1970s American Chinese Chippendale Vintage Century Furniture

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Upholstery, Faux Bamboo, Wood

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

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Brass

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

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Brass

Burl Writing Desk by Century Furniture
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
Petite Burl writing desk by Century Furniture Diminutive burl writing desk. One drawer with bronze pulls. Perfect for study or bedroom.  
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture

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Burl

Century Furniture French Provincial Louis XV Carved Oak Dresser or Credenza
By Century Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous French Provincial Louis XV style triple dresser or credenza By Century Furniture USA, circa 1980s Carved oak, with original brass hardware. Measures: 76" W x 1...
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Late 20th Century American French Provincial Century Furniture

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Brass

Century Furniture Midcentury Walnut 2-Drawer Nightstand
By Century Furniture
Located in La Grange, IL
Century Furniture midcentury walnut 2-drawer nightstand Nightstand is 26 wide x 18 deep x 25 high This price includes getting this piece in what we call restored vintage conditio...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture

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Walnut

Vintage Carved Century Furniture Console with Marble Top
By Century Furniture
Located in Locust Valley, NY
Vintage carved shell form console table with marble top by Century Furniture in neutral tones.
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20th Century American Century Furniture

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Marble

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

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Hardwood

Faux Bamboo Writing Desk by Raymond Sabota for Century Furniture
By Century Furniture, Raymond Sabota
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Midcentury writing desk designed by Raymond Sabota for Century Furniture features faux bamboo detailing with Greek key accents and a cerused finish. Solid wood construction. Good con...
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture

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Faux Bamboo, Wood

Century Furniture Modern Mahogany and Black Lacquer King Size Headboard
By Century Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous modern king size headboard By Century Furniture USA, late 20th century Bookmatched mahogany, with black ebonized border. Measures: 81.5" W x 1.5" D x 40.25" H....
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20th Century American Modern Century Furniture

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Mahogany, Lacquer

Century Furniture Beige Tufted Silk Wingback Armchair Louis XV French Style
By Century Furniture
Located in Dayton, OH
Century Furniture tufted wingback chair. Classic Louis XV styling with an intricately carved frame over reeded and tapered legs leading to arrow feet.  
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Late 20th Century American Louis XV Century Furniture

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Hardwood

Paul McCobb Style Century Furniture Walnut and Cane 12-Drawer Lowboy Dresser
By Century Furniture, Paul McCobb
Located in La Grange, IL
Paul McCobb style century furniture walnut and cane 12-drawer lowboy dresser Dresser measures: 72 wide x 19.5 deep x 32.5 high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture

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Cane, Walnut

Large Chin Hua China Display Cabinet Bookcase by Raymond K. Sobota Century Furn
By Century Furniture, Raymond Sabota
Located in Topeka, KS
Gorgeous large Chin Hua china display cabinet or bookcase by Raymond K. Sobota for Century Furniture comprised of white ash burlwood with ebonized maple accents, brass hardware, glas...
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Late 20th Century American Chinoiserie Century Furniture

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Brass

Midcentury Chrome Desk with Alligator Leather Top by Century
By Century Furniture, Milo Baughman
Located in Opa Locka, FL
Desk with chromed frame with two ebonized pull out drawers. The top is real leather with an alligator design. Drawer interior is brown. Made by Century.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture

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Chrome

Century Furniture Company Ray Sabota Designed Illuminated Alcove Queen Size Bed
By Century Furniture, Raymond K. Sobota
Located in West Hartford, CT
Coveted and rare Ray Sabota designed Asian inspired pagoda queen size bed manufactured by Century Furniture, North Carolina, USA in the 1970s. This queen size set features headboard...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture

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Birch

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

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Fabric, Lacquer

Century Furniture Midcentury Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie Dresser Chest
By Century Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous midcentury Hollywood Regency Campaign style dresser chest By Century Furniture USA, circa 1970s Oak, with Asian-inspired brass hardware. Measures: 41" W x 17.5...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Century Furniture

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Brass

Burl Wood Low Medium Length 4 Doors Credenza
By Century Furniture, Milo Baughman
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern burl wood four doors compact decorative credenza. Measure: Five foot.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Century Furniture

Materials

Burl

Large Black Lacquered Chin Hua Headboard by Century Furniture
By Century Furniture
Located in Pasadena, TX
Large black lacquered chin hua headboard by Century Furniture. Measures: 93" W Chin Hua, features geometrical design, with carved details on corners of headboard.
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1970s American Chinoiserie Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Lacquer

Century Furniture Company Ray Sabota Designed Illuminated Alcove Queen Size Bed
By Century Furniture, Raymond K. Sobota
Located in West Hartford, CT
Coveted and rare Ray Sabota designed Asian inspired pagoda queen size bed manufactured by Century Furniture, North Carolina, USA in the 1970s. This queen size set features headboard...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture

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Birch

Asian Burl Wood Two-Toned Dresser by Century Furniture
By Century Furniture
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Two-toned dresser by Century Furniture features burl fronts and brass hardware in Asian chinoiserie style. Very good condition with only minor imperfections consistent with age.
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Brass

Century Furniture Midcentury 9-Drawer Lowboy Dresser
By Century Furniture
Located in La Grange, IL
Century furniture midcentury 9-drawer lowboy dresser Dresser measures: 72 wide x 19 deep x 31.5 high This price includes getting this piece in what we call restored vintage con...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Wood

Pair of Articulating Chaise Lounges by Richard Frinier for Century Furniture
By Richard Frinier, Century Furniture
Located in San Diego, CA
Gorgeous pair of outdoor articulating chaise lounges from the "Denpasar Collection" by Richard Frinier for Century Furniture, circa 2016. The chaise lounges feature: • Denpasar...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Century Furniture

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Aluminum

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

Materials

Brass

Mid-Century Modern Chin Hua Oriental Style Century Furniture Wall Mirrors, 1970s
By Century Furniture
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a wonderful, Chin Hua oriental style pair of wall mirrors, by Century Furniture, circa 1970s. In excellent vintage condition. The dimensions are 23" W x 47"...
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture

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Mirror

Century French Empire Neoclassical Figural Banded Burl Wood Nightstands, a Pair
By Century Furniture
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Century French Empire neoclassical style figural banded burl wood nightstands bedside cabinet, a pair. Item features bronze maiden busts/heads, burl wood banded tops, beautiful wood ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Empire Century Furniture

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Cherry, 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

Materials

Hardwood

Chin Hua Asian Dining Set by Raymond Sabota for Century Furniture
By Century Furniture, Raymond Sabota
Located in Jacksonville, FL
7-piece dining set by Century Furniture. Part of the Chin Hua collection by Raymond Sabota. Asian chinoiserie style newly lacquered in high gloss blue. Original seat upholstery has s...
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Glass, Wood, Lacquer

Hollywood Regency James Mont Style Lacquer Lounge Armchair by Century
By James Mont, Century Furniture
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

Materials

Brass

Ray Sabota for Century Furniture Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie Burl Wood Cabinet
By Century Furniture, Raymond K. Sobota
Located in South Bend, IN
A stylish Hollywood Regency chinoiserie cabinet or side table By Ray Sabota for Century Furniture USA, 1970s Olive ash burl wood, with ebonized trim and original Asian-inspi...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Brass

Century Furniture French Provincial Louis XV White Lacquered Dresser or Credenza
By Century Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous French Provincial Louis XV triple dresser or credenza By Century Furniture USA, circa 1960s White lacquered walnut, with original brass hardware. Measures: 74....
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Mid-20th Century American French Provincial Century Furniture

Materials

Brass

Century Furniture Walnut Bombe Drawer Chest 749-701 Serpentine Commode Dresser
By Century Furniture
Located in Dayton, OH
Century Furniture Bombe drawer chest. With a serpentine shape and bombé base, this chest makes a statement about your confident style. Featuring three drawers, the lowest one of whic...
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Late 20th Century Century Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Century Furniture Brisbane French Country Chairside End Side Accent Table
By Century Furniture
Located in Dayton, OH
Century Furniture Brisbane chairside table. Made from maple with a distressed French country design. Includes flared legs and inset plank top with drawer.  
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Late 20th Century French Provincial Century Furniture

Materials

Maple

Century Furniture Maple Norfolk Round Pedestal Dining Table 53-307T
By Century Furniture
Located in Dayton, OH
Century Furniture Classics collection Norfolk maple dining table. The round top surface features a cross banded pattern of maple and burled veneers. The fluted column base terminates...
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Late 20th Century Century Furniture

Materials

Maple

Century Furniture French Provincial Louis XV Cherry Wood Gentleman's Chest
By Century Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous French Provincial Louis XV style highboy dresser chest By Century Furniture USA, circa 1960s Cherrywood, with original brass hardware. Measures: 40.5" W x 19.5...
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Mid-20th Century American French Provincial Century Furniture

Materials

Brass

Jay Spectre Steamer Lounge Chair with Ottoman
By Century Furniture, Jay Spectre
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

Materials

Wood, Wool

Nightstands by Raymond Sabota for Century Furniture Chin Hua Collection
By Raymond K. Sobota, Century Furniture
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Pair of Asian chinoiserie nightstands by Raymond Sabota for the Century Furniture Chin Hua collection. Asian styling and heavy brass hardware. Very good condition with minor imperfec...
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Century Furniture

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

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

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

Materials

Upholstery

Pair of Japanese Tansu Style Cabinets by Century Furniture
By Century Furniture
Located in Peabody, MA
A rarely seen pair of Japanese tansu styled cabinets by Century Furniture with solid brass hardware, circa 1980s.
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1980s American Meiji Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Brass

Century Furniture Giotto Work Table Walnut Finish Iron Base Dining Console Hall
By Century Furniture
Located in Dayton, OH
Century Furniture Giotto work table walnut finish iron base dining console hall Century Giotto work table Finish walnut, 58H-751 (As seen on page 3 of their catalog, see 2nd pho...
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Late 20th Century Century Furniture

Materials

Iron

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

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

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

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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

Materials

Upholstery

Burl Wood Black Lacquer Solid Brass Hardware Three-Drawer Desk Writing Table
By Century Furniture
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern low profile floating top three-drawer desk writing or console table.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Century Furniture

Materials

Brass

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

Materials

Aluminum

Century Furniture Hollywood Regency Black Lacquer and Burl Coffee Table, 1970s
By Century Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency chinoiserie burl wood and black lacquer coffee or cocktail table By Century Furniture USA, 1970s Measures: 43" W x 43" D x 15...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Century Furniture

Materials

Burl, Lacquer

Century Furniture Chippendale Mahogany Bow Front Chest of Drawers or Commode
By Century Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Chippendale bow front carved mahogany five-drawer bachelor chest or dresser By Century Furniture USA, circa 1980s Measures: 43" W x 19.5" D x 34.25" H. Exc...
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Late 20th Century American Chippendale Century Furniture

Materials

Brass