Centrepiece Formed as the Dunstan Pillar, c.1810
Paul Storr (1771-1844)
This centrepiece is a replica of the Dunstan Pillar, a stone monument of George III at Nocton, Lincolnshire. It was commissioned by Robert, 4th Earl of Buckinghamshire in 1810 to commemorate the King's Golden Jubilee. This miniature silver version was commissioned by Sir Joseph Banks, the noted naturalist and botanist, who sailed with Captain Cook on the H.M.S Endeavour to Australia in 1770. Sir Joseph Banks also lived near the stone monument at Nocton in his house Revesby Abbey. As a result of his achievements in the scientific study of natural history, Banks was elected President of the Royal Society, a position he held until his death.
This form of a heroic figure surmounting a column was derived from classical examples in ancient Rome such as Marcus Aurelius' column and Trajan's column. The silver shaft is surmounted by the figure of King George III wearing the robes of State and the ceremonial collar of the Order of the Garter. The coat of arms of Sir Joseph Banks is engraved on the base. The Dunstan Pillar was made by Paul Storr who was the leading English Regency silversmith.