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Molitor Novum Desk Lamp

Materials: Off-white painted metal (iron and cast iron) base, curved rod and half round lampshade. Some metal parts. Bakelite 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 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 attributed to Christian Dell, but there is no proof that Dell has ever worked for Molitor.

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