Ceramic brush-stands are rare and the only other brush-stand of this form, also with four biscuit animal-masks, in the Garner Collection, is illustrated by Sir Harry Garner, Oriental Blue and White, pl. 40A, where it is dated to the second half of the fifteenth century. The Garner example is painted with an equestrian figure on the top and blue flower-scroll around the sides. Compare also a line drawing of this same form, published by Geng Baochang, Mingqing Ciqi Jianding, Ming and Qing Porcelains on Inspection, p. 114, pl. 204; where the author illustrates this shape among a group of varied forms from the Zhengde period.
Two related Jiajing examples are published: the first of octangular shape and modelled with a single aperture at the centre surrounded by a rectangular and three circular openings on the periphery, in the Percival David Foundation, is illustrated in Oriental Ceramics, Kodansha series, vol. 6, no. 138; and the other of compressed circular shape was included in the exhibition, Arts from the Scholar's Studio, The Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong, 1986, illustrated in the Catalogue, p. 227, no. 212. Brushes with their tips pointing upwards, and possibly inksticks, were thought to have been inserted into the apertures as illustrated in a painting by the philosopher Wang Yangming, reproduced, ibid., 1986, p. 212.