Hand carved mirrors, furniture and oil paintings in traditional European styles

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About Brights of Nettlebed, England

About Brights of Nettlebed, England

Brights of Nettlebed is one of the longest established family run classic furniture specialist in the United Kingdom. The business is owned and run by Robert & Henry Stamp, whose family have a tradition in antiques and English furniture. Robert's uncle, F. Roy Stamp (collaborator on the book Queen Anne and Georgian Looking Glasses), ran the antique specialists, Biggs of Maidenhead (es...
Oil paintings inspired by The Grand Tour

Oil paintings inspired by The Grand Tour

  In the late 17th and all throughout the 18th centuries, politics, philosophy, science, art and style in Europe underwent some drastic changes. As intellectuals and influencers from the higher ends of society began to turn away from the religious authoritarianism of the Middle Ages in favour of reason, liberty, tolerance and liberalism, the Age of Enlightenment began. As this intellectual...
The Swatstika - A Sacred Symbol of Eurasia & Divinity

The Swatstika - A Sacred Symbol of Eurasia & Divinity

If you visit pay a visit to our PT Hitham dan Putih website, you will notice photographs of statues adorned in robes bearing swastikas. This will be a familiar sight for anyone who has travelled to travel in Asia, particularly the Indonesian island of Bali. Pay a visit to this exotic island nation and you might be surprised to see the symbol you assumed had been long left behind since the 1940s: T...
Gala Evening

Gala Evening

On 17th June, The Embassy of The Republic of Indonesia presented a spectacular gala evening celebrating the 70th anniversary of Indonesia and the United Kingdom diplomatic relations. The directors of Brights of Nettlebed and PT Hitam Dan Putih were proud to attend the extravaganza held at Cadogan Hall in London, England.  Cultural displays were performed by hundreds of Indonesian and Briti...
Mount Agung eruption - How it affected Bali and us

Mount Agung eruption - How it affected Bali and us

From the initial idea, to construction, to opening to the public, our Bali gallery has faced its fair share of trials and tribulation. However, nothing threatened the launch of this showroom more than the major volcanic eruption of Mount Agung in 2017. When Agung became active after more than half a century of slumber, the entire landscape was covered in a blanket of black ash. A plume of smoke...
The Balinese Kebaya

The Balinese Kebaya

Kebaya is a fashion that was first worn by Indonesian women, especially women from Java who used it with cloth. Starting from there kebaya developed rapidly, which developed into Malacca, Sumatra, Sulawesi and Bali. In the Java region, kebaya was only used by the royal circles. The origin of the word kebaya comes from the Arabic word abaya which means clothing. It is believed that kebaya ori...
Melaspas Ceremony

Melaspas Ceremony

PT. Hitam dan Putih has created a purpose built furniture gallery on the main route from Denpasar to Ubud. It is located in the heart of traditional Hindu Bali, where custom requires the "Melaspas Ceremony" is performed to purify and to create an atmosphere of peace and harmony. In the case of a commercial premises the ceremony must be carried out before any products are moved in. ...
Wood carving in Indonesia - a culturally rich heritage

Wood carving in Indonesia - a culturally rich heritage

Indonesia has been capturing the imagination of travellers from all around the world for centuries. Consisting of 17,000 islands between Australia and mainland Asia, this sprawling archipelago boasts a cultural diversity like nowhere else on earth. From bustling cities backed by volcanic mountains to lush rainforests and pristine shores, around 246 million people live here, and more than 500 langu...
Indonesia & UK - An important 500 year relationship

Indonesia & UK - An important 500 year relationship

The relationship between Indonesia and the UK is rich and complex, spanning centuries. It all began when the legendary English sailor, Sir Francis Drake, first reached the spice island of Moluccas in 1579. This arrival marked the beginning of a long-lasting connection which has changed much over the past 500 years and has encompassed trade and investment, education, arts and culture. When Sir F...