Toilet with links to Northamptonshire for sale for £18k

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An “opulent” mahogany toilet that was once warmed by the upper classes at a Northamptonshire manor is to go on sale.

Christie’s in London is auctioning the mahogany, sycamore and fruitwood commode described as ‘the property of a gentleman’ and having origins that relate to Fermyn Woods Hall near Brigstock.

It expects buyers to part with between £12,000 and £18,000 to own the piece.

Daniel Etherton of Christie’s said: “The present commode is a faithful replica of the original by Jean-Henri Riesener supplied in 1776 to Louis XVI for his cabinet intérieur at Fontainebleau.

“Like many of the most famous models created for the Ancien Régime, this commode was reproduced by some of the 19th century’s preeminent ébénistes including Henry Dasson and François Linke.

“Although apparently unsigned, the present commode is a fine example dating to the last quarter of the 19th Century.”

The auction will take place on June 7.