Travel Through Objects

Let’s travel, travel away. Let’s feel the early morning cold nipping air that reminds us we are no longer in a place that’s in time with our circadian rhythm. Jetlag has beckoned us awake to show us the unfamiliar streets outside. Only the fisherman are up before us, throwing their lines over the Bosphorus. Let’s wander down into the Piazza de Spagna and finally see the Spanish Steps as they are, a rare site that is usually covered with people. Ah, it’s a good thing you woke up early. Walking on now, you are lost. Scooters and cars bustle by, street cats fight between your steps. Aromas of saffron, cumin and turmeric fill the air, these smells reminding you it is time to eat. A jingle plays on the subway platform, the train is arriving. Inside you are shoulder to shoulder with others, feeling like the other. Back to the hotel you go, its time to rest. Stepping inside the enormous wooden door, you can feel a cool change of temperature from the large slabs of marble that make up the courtyard.

With international travel currently paused, Michael Reid OBJECT and Hordern House have collaborated to transport you through our newest collection Travel Through Objects. Each object has been carefully curated to whisk you away to your past escapes while other objects remind us of the great explorative thirst humans have had throughout history.

Hordern House
Hordern House, founded by Anne McCormick and Derek McDonnell in 1985 and named for their original home building in Sydney’s Potts Point, is an internationally renowned dealership, specialising in rare books, manuscripts and paintings. Always reflected in their extensive stock of rare and select material is the specialisation of voyages and travels.

  • French Atlas Géographique Puzzle Set, circa 1910

    33 × 24 cm
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  • A Swedish Guide To The Peoples of The World Folding Concertina Case, 1825

    8.8 × 5.7 cm
  • A Pair of Chinese Porcelain Shishi Figures, 1920s

    12 × 5 cm


  • Cast Iron Door Knocker with Egyptian Mask, circa 1850

    9 × 17 cm


  • A Handmade Replica of The Precious Original Chinese Bowl in The State Library of New South Wales – The Sydney Punchbowl, 2014

    17 × 45 cm
  • Handcoloured Paper Globe and 15 lithographic plates, circa 1820, circa 1820

    17 × 6.5 cm
  • A Matched Pair of Globes: Cary’s New Terrestrial Globe, circa. 1816

    63.5 × 43 cm
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  • Two Vintage Maori Hardwood Bowls “Kumete”, c. 1950

    32 × 9.5 × 2.5 cm


  • A Georgian Inlaid Tea Caddy, c. 1770, c. 1770

    24 × 13 × 14 cm
  • A Late George III Rosewood Sarcophagus-Shaped Tea Caddy, c. 1815

    23 × 12 × 15 cm
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  • Charles-Gaëtan Noury
    Rare and Beautiful Study of Tattooing in The South Pacific, 1861

    39 × 26 cm

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