Among the antiques from the John Fowler & Imogen Taylor Collection is this c.1800 commode with a marble top offered for £14,500.

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Running from December 2-22 in west London, it features more than 30 items that had once furnished Fowler’s residence, The Hunting Lodge in Hampshire.

The sale is called the John Fowler & Imogen Taylor Collection. Taylor joined the company in 1949, remaining with the firm until her retirement in 1999.

Fowler bequeathed the contents of his home to his friends. Taylor said: “I was lucky enough to be a recipient. I purchased a house in Burgundy on my retirement, which I filled with pieces of furniture and pictures that John left me.”

She is now selling the contents of this home.