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Pattern book of Anya Larkin Wallcoverings

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    USA (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca.1990 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Larkin, Anya (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-painted in gold and silver leaf and metallic pigments on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514a, case SH, shelf 23

Physical description

A pattern book, bound in dark green faux snakeskin, containing 60 hand-painted wall paper samples designed by Anya Larkin. There is a price list inserted in a plastic folder inside the back cover.

Place of Origin

USA (probably, made)


ca.1990 (made)


Larkin, Anya (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-painted in gold and silver leaf and metallic pigments on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Lettered in gold in of the front 'ANYA LARKIN LTD.'


Height: 45.4 cm Size of volume, Width: 40 cm Size of volume, Depth: 4.5 cm Size of volume

Object history note

Larkin began her career producing hand-painted textiles for American designers of haute couture. She set up her own wallpaper company in the early 1980s and applied hand-painting techniques to rice paper. Rice paper alone is too fragile to use as wallpaper so it is backed with a stronger paper for strength and durability. Larkin's papers are produced in 40" wide rolls instead of the standard 29". The majority of her designs use metallic pigments, or gold or silver leaf. Larkin's papers are used in a number of hotels, restaurants and department stores in the USA, and also on the QEII cruise ship.

Descriptive line

Volume of 60 Anya Larkin Limited wallpaper samples, hand painted wallpapers and boarders bound in dark green faux snakeskin boards, USA, ca. 1990

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1996


Gold leaf; Silver leaf; Metallic paint; Paper




Wall coverings; Pattern books


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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