This tapestry is based on a design first executed at the Royal Tapestry manufactory at Gobelins. Those Chancelleries usually have a background fleudelis with the Royal arms and the attributes of the Chancellor or the Garde des Sceaux. To the centre they usually depict the arms of France and Navarre, for Henri IV, the first King to unite the two titles in 1589. The records of Gobelins do not record the weaving of this subject prior to 1694, although the Etat des prsens du Roy lists on 15 November 1679:
donn a Mgr le Tellier, chancelier de France, une tenture de tapiserie, Manufacture des Gobelins, fleurs de lys, en 9 pices...
In 1686 the Comptes des Btiments records payments to Franois Bonnemer (d. 1689), who received the Prix de Rome in 1666 and upon his return was repeatedly employed by the Gobelins and Savonnerie workshops, as designer of the main field for the tapestry made for M le Chancelier.
The design of these tapestries was copied both at Beauvais and at Aubusson. Records indicate that the Chambre consulaire of Bourges commissioned such a tapestry with the coats-of-arms of France in 1732 from Aubusson (today in the Muse du Berry, Bourges), while a plain fleurdelis set of tapestries, such as this one, was commissioned from Jean Vallenet in 1736 by the officers of the presidential headquarters at Autun (D. and P. Chevalier and P.-F. Bertrand, Les Tapisseries d'Aubusson et de Felletin, Lausanne, 1988, p. 132).
A similar tapestry with the coats-of-arms of France and Navarre was sold anonymously, Christie's Monaco, 2 July 1993, lot 252, while a further closely related tapestry was sold anonymously in these Rooms, 26 November 1996, lot 245.