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.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Biography Robert Sonneman
Biography Ettore Sottsass – Artemide website
Robert Sonneman website
George Kovacs website
Artemide Pausania table lamp on the Artemide website
Fun with Dick and Jane (2005) – Wikipedia
Tom at the Farm (2013) – Wikipedia
Casino (1995) – Wikipedia
American Made (2017) – Wikipedia
Boxford Holland – Penta Desk Lamp – Google Images
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 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.