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Chin hua dining chairs set six 4 side & 2 armchairs by raymond k. sobota

Documentation Signed
Origin United States
Period 1950-1979
Materials Burl, Wood.
Creation Date 1975 - 1998
Description Oh, my goodness aren’t these dining chairs fabulous?? This set of 6 comes with four side and two armchairs and they are part of the original Chin Hua Collection designed by Raymond K. Sobota for Century Furniture in 1975. The entire collection was retired in 1998 after a 23-year successful run. So successful that Century Furniture reissued the collection in 2012. And it is no wonder they revived it. The Chin Hua Collection was one of Century’s most revered collections of all time. However, these gorgeous pieces are not part of the new collection and are only available vintage. Playing with the Hollywood Regency and Chinoiseries style Sobota designed these dining chairs beautifully. They have a sultry ebonized black finish and the center splat on each chair has an incised motif. The frames are solid and durable with stretcher joined legs and base and the seats are upholstered in a textured stripe taupe and black fabric. They are gorgeous and will complete your dining room in Chin Hua style!

Raymond Karl Sobota (1914-2010) is an award-winning American furniture designer. He attended and obtained his degree in design from Kendall College of Art and Design in his native home of Grand Rapids, Michigan. After graduating in 1946 Sobota apprenticed with his namesake and uncle, a furniture designer as well, Karl Schmidt, who designed for Berkey and Gay Furniture Company. He apprenticed for seven years leading to his designing for Grand Rapids Bookcase and Chair Co., the Mt. Airy Furniture Co., Hekman Furniture and finally Century Furniture for whom he designed from 1952 until 1995. He designed all the company’s wood furniture during that time totally over 150 collections. The most notable being Citation, Chin Hua, Claridge, and the Henry Ford Museum and the British National Trust collections. Sobota is credited for helping to making Century Furniture the industry leader it is today.

Century Furniture Company, one of the world’s largest privately owned upper-end residential furniture manufacturers, was founded in 1947 by Harley Ferguson Shuford, Sr. When first formed Century Furniture was a selling agent for local upholstery lines. But as soon as a year later Shuford had built a case goods plant in Hickory, North Carolina and that started it all. Harley Shuford along with his siblings and children acquired company after company expanding into upholstered furniture, chair manufacturing, and even a leather division. Century has made it through feast and famine in the furniture business and today retains their long-standing role as a leading force in the American home furnishings market.

This set of Chin Hua dining chairs is exactly what you need for a prestigious dining experience! Make them yours!!

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 and black fabric on the seat cushions. Beautiful vintage condition. The frames have been tightened if necessary and the wood has been brought back to life with Restore-a-Finish enhancing their gorgeous age patina which can consist of wear where more wood shows through the ebonizing, small nicks, and dings but nothing outstanding. The original upholstery has been professionally cleaned but may still have small signs of use and there is a faint red stain on one armchair that did not shampoo out. Please see photos. Circa 1975-1998.

NOTE: We have several other Chin Hua pieces listed for sale that would harmonize beautifully with these dining chairs.

Chairs:

Height – 39-75 Inches
Width Side Chairs – 19 Inches
Width Armchairs – 23 Inches
Depth Side Chairs – 21.5 Inches
Depth Armchairs – 23.5
Seat Height – 19 Inches
Arm Height – 23.5 Inches
Inside Seat Width Side Chairs –17 Inches
Inside Seat Width Armchairs – 20 Inches
Inside Seat Depth Side Chairs – 15.5 Inches
Inside Seat Depth Armchairs – 16.5 Inches
Inside Back Height – 22.5 Inches
Weight Side Chairs – 17.7 Pounds Each
Weight Armchairs- 20.9 Pounds Each
Crated Size:

Height – 48 Inches
Width – 69 Inches
Depth – 39 Inches
Weight – 400 Pounds
Styles / Movements Hollywood Regency
Incollect Reference Number 454340
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