Compare the green jade brush pot dated to the Qianlong period with similar dense carving in the National Palace Museum illustrated in The Refined Taste of the Emperor: Special Exhibition of Archaic and Pictorial Jades of the Ch'ing Court, Taipei, 1997, pp. 172-3, no. 55. See, also, the equally well-carved green jade brush pot of slightly larger size (15.8 cm. high) dated to the Qianlong period decorated with foreigners and a caparisoned elephant sold in our London rooms, 13 May 2008, lot 54, and the Qianlong-period green jade brush pot of broader proportions carved with the Four Noble Professions from the personal collection of Alan and Simone Hartman sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 27 November 2007, lot 1521. In a discussion of the large green jade brush pot dated to the 18th century in the collection of Sir Joseph Hotung, Chinese Jade: From the Neolithic to the Qing, British Museum, London, 1995, p.407, no. 29.18, the author, Jessica Rawson, notes that jade workshops sometimes used conventional painting and printing themes as the basis for their designs. The carver treated the surface of the jade almost like a sheet of paper and used his "techniques to produce the effects of a painting."
For a discussion of the subject matter of the present brush pot, see the introductory essay by Rosemary Scott on pp. .