1980s Saturn Banker’s Desk Lamp
Materials: Round iron base and glass. Painted with black wrinkle paint, 3 brass rods, dimmer.
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.
Designer: After a design by Robert Sonneman.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
This 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 film) on Wikipedia
Tom at the Farm (2013 film) on Wikipedia
Casino (1995 film) on Wikipedia
American Made (2017 film) on Wikipedia
Boxford Holland – Penta Desk Lamp – Google Images
A 1980s Saturn banker’s desk lamp was used as a prop in the 2013 Movie “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 Saturn banker’s desk lamp was used as a prop in the 1995 Movie “Casino” starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Sharon Stone. In the same room a Jules Wabbes wall lamp.