The pleasing proportions and fine carving on the current brushpot would have made it the ideal addition to the scholar's desk. It is also rich in symbolism, and carries with it several auspicious wishes. Two of the immortals hold peaches, which are associated with Shoulao and are symbols of longevity. Another immortal carries with him a vase (ping), which is a pun for peace (ping'an). From this vase emerges a shuangxi character, representing double happiness. The young attendant who follows behind carries with him another vase containing a halberd (ji) and a stone chime (qing), forming the rebus 'jiqing', or 'auspicious happiness.'
A jade brush handle similar to the larger of the two in this lot, also carved with a writhing two-clawed, front-facing dragon set amidst a leafy lotus scroll was sold in these rooms, 19 March 2008, lot 428.