Beauty of the East with the Emperor’s Cache

By Laura Nation-atchison/The Daily Home
March 10, 2013

Oh, they’re beautiful, alright, that’s a given.

But the antiques and collectibles that Meg McGehee Paulon and her husband, David, bring back from half a world away bear centuries of stories and bear witness to the artisans who created them so long ago.

And there’s something else Paulon wants people to know, that these pieces from the far East are functional and usable and will enhance almost any décor.

Paulon’s enthusiasm for the pieces is hard to hide when she talks about them, how they were made and by whom and what they were used for.

She’s placed a collection of furnishings and collectibles, even wearable art as well, inside Talladega’s Heritage Hall Museum and taking a tour of them with her is close to taking a trip to the East yourself.

The exhibit will remain in place through March and April and is the museum’s featured show for the upcoming April in Talladega Pilgrimage, April 12 and 13.

The Paulons have been in the business of finding fantastic things in the East for years, and formed their import company, The Emperor’s Cache,” in 1996.

They keep a small office in Hong Kong, but returned to Talladega to live last year, and will continue to operate the company.

They’ve just returned from a trip back east and Paulon has been on a “shopping spree,” of sorts, adding to her inventory and finding great new pieces to offer through her business.

Although the company primarily provides pieces for designers and art dealers, there are some pieces in the museum exhibit that are available for sale to the general public.

Side tables and larger sized tables, boxes and trunks made from wood and leather and all kinds of materials, silver and beaded jewelry and hand hammered stainless steel pieces are just a few of the treasures in place.

Woven silk scarves and greeting cards made of mulberry paper by women who have become part of some of a network of cottage industries designed to provide them with fair wages and market their work really excite Paulon, because not only are their crafts useful and beautiful, their sales help to provide the women an income that is in line with their talents.

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