NEW YORK — Some 190 lots of Wolfgang Joop’s treasures — enough midcentury French modern furniture to fill an entire home — go on view at Sotheby’s here on Saturday with the hammer dropping on the collection on Dec. 12. While the sale is vast, it barely scratches the surface of the designer’s holdings, nor does it represent the enormous range of his taste in furniture and fine and decorative art.

“It’s the epitome of the perfect French midcentury collection,” said James Zemaitis, senior vice president and director of 20th-century design at Sotheby’s. “Joop’s design vision as a furniture collector really set the precedent for ensuing waves of collectors. It’s the seminal collection of the period.”

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