After studies in architecture, Martin Snape embarked on a career in fine art auctioneering, eventually specialising in furniture. Until 2012 he was for thirty two years senior English and Continental Furniture valuer at Sotheby’s, Bond Street where he became a director. This entailed preparing and researching inventories and valuations for some of the great collections in palaces, country houses, embassies and other institutions throughout the UK and overseas, as well as involvement with some of the great dispersals such as Thurn and Taxis, Baden, Hannover and Chatsworth. He was also a lecturer at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art where he presented courses on aspects of furniture history.
He continues to provide inventories and valuations of English and Continental furniture for various institutions and private clients.