Midgard Wall Light, Curt Fischer, 1920-1925, Industriewerke Auma, Thüringen, Germany

Parabolic reflector, edged shape, lacquer anthracite original, three joints with locking, inside of the reflector aluminium matte. Switcher bakelite, wallfixing on a shoe cast brass (rare). All parts original, installation of cables new.

Design: Curt Fischer, ca. 1920-25.
Manufacture: Industriewerke Auma, Ronneberger & Fischer, Auma in Thüringen.
Mark: brand on the chromed agrafe, signature on the first joint.
Measures: Length max. 33,5 inch, diameter reflector 5,1 inch. Attachment to the wall 4“.

Condition: Generally very good, tracks of use depending on the age, no dents. Working.

EUR 500,00 inkl. MwSt.

Includes 19% Mwst.

Out of stock


In Auma the engineer Curt Fischer developed already 1920 a movable wall light. His uncompromising design is especially striking fort he non-dazzle parabolic reflector and the mechanism of the arm, which enabled the light to be adjusted to almost any angle. That was decisive for the repositioning of the firm to the Midgard company.

The Midgard task light must have provided an important model for the skilled artisans in the Bauhaus’s metal workshop in Dessau when they set about developing modern lighting fixtures in 1925.

With the invention of all sides mobile task light, Fischer developed as one of the first the idea of the so-called guidable light – still before the famous drafts of Christian Dell or Marianne Brandt.

The multifunctional task light with an arched metal tubular was part of the furniture and fittings at the Weimar Bauhaus  and is known to have been used in the living room of the Master’s house occupied by Ilse und Walter Gropius at the Dessau Bauhaus. Very rarely is its counterpart with arm in the form of scissors.

Ausst. Kat. Die Metallwerkstatt am Bauhaus, Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin 1992, S. 101, Abb. 129; Wilhelm Lotz: wie richte ich meine Wohnung ein? Berlin 1930, S.61; Deutsche Warenkunde, Warengruppe 04/02, Blatt 32 und 33, Warengruppe 04/04, Blatt 10 und 11, 1940. Als Entwerfer der ‚Midgard’ Lampen, deren „Grundformen…vor etwas 17 Jahren geschaffen wurden“, nennt die Deutsche Warenkunde Curt Fischer.

Priceref.: Quittenbaum München, Auction 66, Lot 194, estimate €700.

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Weight 3 kg


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