We are very fortunate with all the commissions we have had.
After Albert Dunn finished school at the age of 12, he managed to get a 7 year apprenticeship with a marquetry French film in London. On completion of his apprenticeship, Albert was gifted a ‘marquetry cutters donkey’. This is the same one we use today. Being an Englishman taught the French way, Albert gained many commissions. These include the luxury liners, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, Mauritania, Aquitania, Lusitania and the Titanic. He made the original marquetry panels for the Pullman Cars and Wagon-Lits Coaches. His work was in the ‘Titania’s Palace’ and the marquetry floors for Queen Mary’s Doll House at Windsor Castle.
After the death of Albert in 1952, his son Robert took over the business. His commissions included the restoration work to The Pullman Cars and Orient Express for V.S.O.E, now Belmond British Pullman. Robert restored 2 damage wooden marquetry floors at Buckingham Palace. And making two large landscape murals of the ‘History of Tobacco’ for Gallaher Tobacco Company, Gallaher Group.
Robert’s son Bob, had the pleasure making the marquetry panels for the Northern Belle train. Originally the sister company to Belmond British Pullman. Six glorious train carriages celebrating the original look of the Pullman Cars based up North. Marquetry on the Northern Belle. As well as restoring the unique main staircase at Hylands House, Chelmsford in Essex.
In 2011, Cheryl had the privilege to add to the Northern Belle with Pullman Car Duart, which has been part of The Royal Train. A year later, Cheryl supplied the marquetry panels for ‘The Royal Barge’ for the late Queen Elizabeth 2 Diamond Jubilee River Pageant on the River Thames. Our most recent commissions have been on the Chairman’s Train. To date, 6 carriages have been décor with wood panels containing our marquetry, which have recently featured in the ‘World of Interiors’ magazine.