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Vintage chinoiserie hollywood regency chin hua dining table by raymond k. sobota

Documentation Documented elsewhere (similar item)
Origin United States
Period 1950-1979
Materials Burl, Wood.
W. 98 in; H. 29.75 in; D. 42 in;
W. 248.92 cm; H. 75.57 cm; D. 106.68 cm;
Creation Date 1975 - 1998
Description Talk about a GORGEOUS dining table!! WOW, this table is a part of the the original Chin Hua Collection designed by Raymond K. Sobota for Century Furniture in 1975. The entire collection was retired in1998 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, this gorgeous piece is not part of the new collection and is only available vintage. Playing with the Hollywood Regency and Chinoiseries style Sobota designed this piece oh-so-handsomely. It is comprised of a deep brown almost black like true ebony wood frame and legs with a beautiful burl wood inset. It’s simple and stunning and will add just the right Chin Hua flair to your dining room and will harmonize with or accent many other design styles from mid-century modern to industrial.

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.

We love this table here at the shop and know you will too. Make it yours now!

Fabulous Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie dining table designed by Raymond K. Sobota for his Chin Hua Collection for Century Furniture. Comprised of an ebonized dark brown frame with burl wood inset. Beautiful vintage condition. The framework of the top, including the leaves, has been restored and re-ebonized, a break in the apron close to one of the legs has been repaired and restored, but the burl wood inlay retains its original finish. There has been a new coat of polyurethane applied for durability. The restoration and repairs have been made to honor the age produced lovely patina which can consist of wear, nicks, and dings but nothing outstanding just a warm and lovely patination. Please see photos. Circa 1975-1998.

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


Height – 29.75 Inches
O/A Width with Leaves – 98 Inches
Width w/o Leaves – 62 Inches
Leaf Width – 18 Inches
Depth – 42 Inches
Knee Clearance- 26 Inches
Weight – 115.2 Pounds

Crated Size:

Height – 35 Inches
Width – 68 Inches
Depth – 48 Inches
Weight – 250 Pounds
Styles / Movements Hollywood Regency
Incollect Reference Number 454339
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