1600 - 1640
1845 x 2667 x 565 mmOrder this image
East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire (Accredited Museum)
Oak Jacobean three tier buffet or court cupboard. Upper part with sloping canopy, flute carved frieze with slim baluster supports, four panels, three cupboard doors with carved diamonds and six pilaster stiles and planed turned balusters suporting overhanging frieze, and base with rose ace and diamond carved frieze and uprights, fitted with plain panels and two slightly carved panel doors (top tier probably of later date).
This item was a gift of William Brigg, one of the twin brothers who saved East Riddlesden Hall and gave it to the National Trust in 1934. It was previously at the Briggs' nearby home of Kildwick Hall (up the Aire Valley from East Riddlesden), where it was photographed in a 1911 Country Life article. The article records that the Brigg family had acquired it from a house that, “served as the model for Emily Bronte’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ and may, indeed, be the very piece she describes as the ‘pewter-bearing dresser’ “ [believed to be Ponden Hall nr Stanbury, West Yorkshire].