You may have already seen this or know this, but, just in case you have/do not, I will include it here:
"The most complete biography of the artist at present is that by Dean Wickes, reprinted here in part. “Hsu Fang, May 2, 1622-1694, Nov. 7, poet, scholar and landscape painter, was a native of Wu-hsien (Soochow), Kiangsu. His father, Hsu Ch’ien, posthumous name Wen-ching, 1597-1645, a chin-shih of 1628, was made supervisor of instruction at Nanking under the southern Ming regime (1644). But having been dismissed from office for implication in Court intrigues, and unwilling to submit to the restrictions imposed by the Manchus after their conquest of Nanking and Soochow, he ended his life by drowning.
Hsu Fang became a chu-jen at the provincial examination of 1642. Deeply affected by his father’s death three years later, and despondent over the political situation, he spent the remainder of his life in retirement, associating only with a few kindred spirits and members of his immediate family. At first he lived with his brother-in-law, Wu P’ei-yuan (d. 1679), at Lu-hsu near the southern boundary of Kiangsu; later he resided in various places in the hilly country west of Soochow; in 1647 at Chin-shu, in 1659 at Chi-ts’ui, in 1660 at Teng-wei, and in 1661 at T’ien-ch’ih. Finally, in 1663, he owned a house at the village of Shang-sha (or Chien-shang). He lived by his own exertions, and though often in great need, refused to accept gifts. He avoided visits from guests in high position, and made it a rule never to enter the city. Nevertheless, his writings and brush work became well known and it was largely by the sale of these that he managed to support his family.
His writings were voluminous, and although most of them have evidently disappeared, it seems likely that the best are preserved in a collection entitled Chu-i-tang chi in 20 chuan, for which he wrote the preface in 1684 and which was edited by his disciple, P’an Lei…Hsu’s narratives are intimate and poignant portrayals of life as he saw and experienced it.
He had four sons, all of whom died before him…After Hsu Fang’s death the house at Chien-shang where he lived for the last thirty-one years of his life was, through the efforts of P’an Lei, made into a memorial shrine. This shrine was rebuilt in 1809 and again, after a fire, in 1867. In 1933 it was still standing. Hsu Fang’s younger brother, Hsu K’o (1627-1700), who remained at home in comfortable circumstances, was also a writer, poet, and calligrapher.”
My research indicates the value of your print would be $450-550 assuming good condition and depending on sale geographic location.
As for retail value, I have seen art sell for 4 to 5 times auction values depending on the tastes of the art gallery owner as well as location of the gallery.
In general, a private seller to a dealer, via consignment or at auction can expect 30-60% of estimated retail value.
Insurance replacement values are usually about 10% more than retail values.
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