These border fragments were probably designed right around 1650 for a series depicting The Story of Marc Anthony and Cleopatra. The series is first mentioned in a document of 7 June 1651. The weavers Geraert van der Strecken (d. 1677) and Jan van Leefdael (d. 1680) then signed a contract to supply a set of ten tapestries to the Antwerp merchant Louis Malo (d. after 1668) (J. Blazkova, E. Duverger, Les Tapisseries d'Octavio Piccolomini et le Marchand Anversois Louis Malo, St. Amandsberg, 1970, p. 97). Its creator is then revealed in a later contract in which Geraert Peemans (d. circa 1710), son-in-law of van der Strecken, agrees to supply a set with gold-thread to the Marshal Daumont, then in command of the citadel of Antwerp, based on the designs of Justus van Egmont (d. 1674).
Several sets of this series with identical borders are recorded such as a set of three by Jan van Leefdael in the Quirinale, Rome (N. Forti Grazzini, Il patrimonio artistico del Quirinale, Gli Arazzi, Rome, 1994, vol. II, pp. 199 - 205), while a further five panels, probably from the same set are in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence. Identical borders are also on a set of five tapestries from this series, originally from the Barberini collection, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (E. Standen, European Post-Medieval Tapestries and Related Hangings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1985, vol. I, pp. 206 - 217).