OBJECT is a curated spotlight on the diverse collecting and decorating fields of antiques, furniture and design. The pieces presented in OBJECT have been selected by the newly minted creative triumvirate of Art Consultant; David Cook, Art Gallery Director and former specialist of Christie’s Australia and London; Michael Reid, and Ronan Sulich; decorative arts specialist and former Representative for Christie’s in Australia – a tastemaker with a deep passion for, and knowledge of, the decorative arts. 

OBJECT presents an opportunity for those who are interested in the applied arts, furniture and design to experience and acquire unusual, beautiful, significant and practical pieces for their homes.

OBJECT is populated with inherently interesting and valuable decorative artworks which have stood the test of time. Objects that bear the marks and carry the patina of many lives. Objects with a story to tell that will become part of your history. Art is within each object, of itself.

Items presented on OBJECT are not mass-produced and flat-packed – they are not replicated into the homes of millions. OBJECT is about finding the individual, the important and the timeless.


Director, Michael Reid Galleries

Michael Reid is one of the leading art dealers in Australia, advising private clients on the formation of their art collections with the aid of decades of experience in the sector. Michael’s cultural commentary, sought across television, print and social media affirm his role as an ambassador for Australian art. Michael received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) on Australia Day 2016 for his services to the arts. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of Melbourne; a Bachelor of Law degree from Sydney University & a Masters in Arts Administration, Art Business from the University of New South Wales.

After a decade of arts industry experience with Christie’s in London and Australia, culminating with the opening of a major representative office for Christie’s in Brisbane in 1996, Michael went on to contribute weekly as Art Market Analyst to the business section of The Australian newspaper for a decade. During this time Michael taught on Art Business at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. Following his time at News Corporation, Michael wrote a regular column for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers’ ‘Good Weekend’ magazine for five years, and for six years straight has been ranked in The Art Life Power Trip as one of the most influential people in Australian art world.

Recognising that interest in Australian art is not bound by geographic constraints, Michael has established galleries in Sydney, Berlin and regional New South Wales, as well as having an established online and social media presence. The Sydney & Berlin galleries exhibit extensively at art fairs within Australia and Europe, and support additional enterprises such as Michael Reid CLAY and Studio Direct.



Ronan Sulich has been an objects person for a long time. During his time at the University of Sydney he used to scour the junk shops of Newtown and Glebe, one time turning up at a tutorial with a large marble bust of Mozart, or another time with a Chinese blue and white jardiniere… Unsurprisingly he did an arts degree with a major in Fine Art and Archaeology and then a diploma of Museum Studies. His three years at the storied David Jones Art Gallery were an amazing grounding in the decorative arts as well as contemporary Australian art, followed by time spent as curator at the atmospheric and untouched Rouse Hill House.

Moving to London in 1988 he worked in a busy auction house in Chelsea cataloguing a weekly antiques sale and has calculated that in the five years he was there he catalogued 300 lots per week for 48 sales per annum, about 70,000 objects described in his time there.

Christie’s Australia offered him the role as the decorative arts specialist in the Sydney office in 1995 and he had the opportunity to work on many of the milestone auctions of the time, the Whiteman Collection, the BinThuan Shipwreck sale, the collections of Leo Schofield at Bronte House and John Schaeffer at Rona in Bellevue Hill. With the closure of the Australian salesrooms in 2006 he was made the Christie’s representative for Australia, since then he has worked with the major collectors and collections, institutions and artists.



David Cook brings to the creative Triumvirate that is Object, a connoisseur’s eye, refined taste and an arts industry wide reputation for professional integrity. Within the art world, David’s opinions are greatly sort after and acted upon.

David began his career in the Sydney, with the long established and reputable Rex Irwin Art Dealer, before establishing his own art gallery DC Art, in the late 1980s. Reflecting David’s ability to anticipate market trends – a trait for which his career has since been distinguished – DC Art specialised in showcasing the best of Modern British art. Exhibited artists included the Claude Flight school, Francis Bacon and Frank Auerbach. David was similarly attuned to developments in Contemporary Australian art.

In 1996, David joined the prominent international auction house Christie’s as the national Head of Paintings. He oversaw the consignment and sale of multi-million-dollar art auctions, with much of his success grounded in an ability to develop genuine client relationships. When Christie’s closed its sale room operations in Australia 10-years later, David accepted the equally senior position of Deputy, Head of Art with Sotheby’s.

For the past decade David has worked across the world for a number of significant collectors, and notably as the Curator for Consolidated Press Holdings.

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