Robert Bertie, Earl of Lindsey (1660-1723) succeeded to the title of Earl of Lindsey and Hereditary Lord Great Chamberlain on 8 May, 1701. He was created Marquess of Lindsey in 1706 and Duke of Ancaster in 1715. In a copy of Bishop Burnet's Works once belonging to Dean Swift, where Burnet had described the Earl as 'a fine gentleman, hath both wit and learning,' Swift had added in the margin 'I never observed a grain of either.'
The records of the Lord Chamberlain's Jewel Office record the following article under the heading 'Coronation Claims':
'April 21, 1702
Delivered unto the Right Honble. the Earle of Lindsey, Lord Greate Chamberlaine as Chief Officer of the Ewry as his Claime two large chaced basons gilt, one chaced Ewre gilt - 355oz. 4dwt.
I say Recd for his Ldsp use H. Hilliard.'
It would appear that this dish was a perquisite of office presented to the Earl as Hereditary Lord Chancellor at the coronation of Queen Anne, which was held on 23 April 1702. The Earl of Exeter was presented a 'chaced' and gilt dish of similar weight for his part in the ceremony.
The present dish is engraved with the Lindsey, rather than the Royal arms of Queen Anne; it was also made after the coronation (the date letter changed from 1701 to 1702 on 29 May). It is possible that this is a copy ordered from John Bache by Lord Lindsey to display his own arms in addition to, or as replacement for one of the pair originally ordered and cited in the Jewel Office Books which would have been engraved with the Royal arms and which were countersigned for on 21 April of that year. Lindsey was a patron of Bache in 1702, and nine silver-gilt dessert-plates by Bache formerly in the Untermeyer Collection are engraved with his arms.