The crowns adorned with lilies, and the three shields bearing the arms of France (three golden fleurs-de-lis on a blue background) testify to the royal symbolism of this tapestry. But, surprisingly for a work of such quality, we know nothing of its history prior to its purchase by the Museum of Antiquities in 1892 - neither where it was woven, nor by whom it was commissioned.
It may have come from one of the major weaving centres of the 15th century in the north of France or in Flanders: Brussells, Tournai, Bruges, Arras, or Lille. A major part of the French clientèle had their tapestries made in these workshops.
Was the client Charles VII himself? Or was it one of his partisans, who remained loyal to the crown in those troubled times and wanted to commemorate the royal victories at the end of the Hundred Years’ War? Whatever the truth, it was probably created between 1453 (the victory at Castillon) and 1461 (the death of Charles VII).