Mirrors such as this (lined to the back with old red velvet) were intended to stand freely on a dressing table rather than hang on the wall.
Good condition, engaging subject matter and the original glass plate helped fuel bidding. It was last sold by Mayorcas at the Grosvenor House fair in 1977.
Monochrome ‘redwork’ needleworks are extremely rare. Estimated at $5000-8000 but sold at $16,000 (£12,300) was a 16 x 22in (41 x 56cm) red wool on linen scene of Moses in the bulrushes.
It was formerly part of the celebrated collection of English needlework assembled from 1907 by Sir Frederick Henry Richmond (1873-1953), erstwhile chairman of Harvey Nichols and Debenhams.