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1980s Saturn Bankers Desk Lamp

Materials: Round iron base. 3 brass rods. Round glass disc. Some metal parts. All painted with black wrinkle paint. Built-in dimmer. Porcelain halogen socket.

Height: 39 cm / 15.35”

Width: ∅ 33,3 cm / 13.11”

Base: ∅ 16, 5 cm / 6.49”

Electricity: 1 bulb R7s, 78 mm (0.30”), 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt, halogen.

Period: 1980s, 1990s.

Designer: After a design by Robert Sonneman.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

This 1980s Saturn bankers desk lamp is a copy of a desk lamp designed by Robert Sonneman (born 1942) It was produced by the George Kovacs company from the United States of America. This lamp is a bit different as you can see below. In all probably all made in China.

The original lamp is a banker’s lamp from the 1930s, maker and designer unknown.

Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) designed the Pausania desk lamp for Artemide in 1983. Today Artemide produces a re-edition of the Pausania lamp in version LED TW.

Several companies sold similar lamps over the years, mostly produced in China. The SMC Boxford Holland Penta desk lamp is a good example. They also sold the Robert Sonneman desk lamp. Kirch from Taiwan also produced this lamp.

Robert Sonneman – George Kovacs lamp

Robert Sonneman - George Kovacs Table Lamp

Ettore Sottsass Pausania Artemide lamp

Artemide - Ettore Sottsass - Pausania table lamp

Lamps in the movies

A 1980s Saturn bankers desk lamp was used as a prop in the 2013 film “Tom at the Farm” (Tom à la ferme). A Canadian psychological thriller directed by and starring Xavier Dolan.

Tom at the Farm (2013) - Lamps in the movies

Tom at the Farm Official Trailer (2013) – Xavier Dolan

A 1980s Saturn bankers desk lamp was used as a prop in the 1995 film “Casino” starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone. In the same room a Jules Wabbes wall lamp was used.

Casino (1995) - Lamps in the movies