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Molitor Novum Desk Lamp

Materials: White painted metal cast iron base. Curved metal rod. Half round iron lampshade. Some metal parts. Bakelite E27 socket.

Maximum Height: 34 cm / 13.38”

Lampshade: 12,5 x 14 cm / 4.92 x 5.51”

Base: 11 x 18,5 cm / 4.33 x 7.28”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1930s – Bauhaus.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Molitor, Kurt Zeisse Elektro-Industrie, Berlin, Germany.

Other versions: This desk or table lamp was also produced in red, green, black… The Molitor Novum desk lamp can also be used as a wall lamp. A recess is provided. 


Molitor was one of the brands used by Kurt Zeisse Elektro-Industrie. The company used many brand names. Names used were: Benda, Bendus, Diplomat, Duplo, Excellent, Favorit, Fortschritt, Rekord, Senator, Spezial, Sozius and Superba. Kurt Zeisse elektro-industrie was founded in between the two World Wars. Molitor only produced industrial lighting fixtures, desk lamps, office lighting, drawing board lights and so on. 

The best known lamp by the company was the Grapholux. This lamp is often attributed to Christian Dell, but there is no proof that Dell has ever worked for Molitor.

Links (external links open in a new window)

Designretter, website about German lamp producers


Christian Dell lamps

Molitor Novum Desk Lamp cast iron curved rod 1930s Bauhaus Kurt Zeisse Elektro-Industrie Berlin Germany