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noted Zoullas Collection

Guernsey’s hosts sale of Zoullas art collection May 12

noted Zoullas Collection
Jan van De Fackere (Belgian, 1897 – 1946) ‘Female nude.’ Pastel, dated 1930, 32in x 41½in image. Estimate: $9,000-$12,000. Guernsey’s image

NEW YORK – Guernsey’s will bring the collection of accomplished art collector Nicholas Zoullas to unreserved auction in an exceptional 300-lot event. The sale will be taking place on Tuesday, May 12. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Born in Athens in 1937, Nicholas Zoullas’ family survived World War II, experiencing the horrors of war firsthand. As Greece was conquered by Nazi Germany, Zoullas’ father led the drive to protect Jews seeking refuge. Sadly, this humanitarian work was met with disdain exposing the family to persecution. They fled Greece.

Uncertain of their future, in 1947 the Zoullas family arrived in New York. Befriended by other Greek immigrants, the family settled down. Young Nicholas excelled, ultimately graduating from Harvard Law School. Following in the footsteps of his father, Zoullas entered the shipping industry. And through the years, financial success allowed him to immerse himself in his increasing fascination with his Greek heritage and growing passion for the world of art.

noted Zoullas Collection
Le Corbusier (French/Swiss, 1887-1965) ‘Femme nue Debout.’ Mixed media – newsprint, India ink, paper collage, 22in x 1in image. Estimate: $40,000-$60,0000. Guernsey’s image

In the 1980s, Zoullas began to collect. Dietrich von Bothmer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and leading specialist in the field of Greek antiquities, helped Nicholas put together a substantial assemblage of ancient Greek pottery. As Nicholas matured, however, his passion for 19th and 20th century art blossomed into an important collection. Guided by many accomplished museum curators and gallerists, the collection branched out in diverse and interesting ways.

noted Zoullas Collection
Heiner Meyer (German, b 1953) ‘Hula Girl.’ Mixed media on canvas, two canvases brought together in one frame, 67in” x 72½in. Estimate: $20,000-$25,000. Guernsey’s image

A regular for decades at the world’s leading auction houses, Zoullas took a special interest in the classical female form, finding the genre underappreciated in the late 20th century art scene. As a result, a collection emerged consisting of work from around the globe with paintings, drawings and sculpture by emerging artists who Nicholas Zoullas financially supported as well as examples by some of the most important artists to appear in any collection.

noted Zoullas Collection
Kees van Dongen (Dutch/French, 1877-1968) ‘Windmill in a landscape, 1895.’ Oil on canvas, 18½in x 18½in image. Estimate: $60,000-$80,000. Guernsey’s image

With works by Amedeo Modigliani, Kees van Dongen, Reginald Marsh, Rene Magritte, Le Corbusier, and increasingly recognized artists such as Constantino Parthenis and Terry Rodgers, the Zoullas Collection grew. Indeed, featured in several recent Christie’s auctions were select examples from the Zoullas Collection. Now, the time is at hand to present the full Collection to the world.

noted Zoullas Collection
Hendrik Jan Wolter (Dutch, 1837-1952) ‘Portrait of Gysberti Hodenply.’ Oil on board, 1919,19in x 9¾in image. Estimate: $30,000-$40,000. Guernsey’s image

Although Guernsey’s New York City offices are temporarily closed during this unprecedented time, emailed questions about the Zoullas Collection will be promptly answered. A small number of works of art are being added to the Zoullas Auction. For details contact Guernsey’s at

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