The present brush pot belongs to a group of spinach jade brush pots carved with scenes of immortals in landscapes. On the front of the brushpot, Shoulao, carrying a peach, and his attendant, both representing long life and immortality. This wish is furthered by the presence of pine trees also symbolic of longevity. Finally, a pair of deers, known to accompany Shoulao, the god of Longevity, and themselves symbols of immortality, can be seen nestling on the other side of the brush pot.
Some of them have the title of the scene incised on rockwork and an imperial poem around the top of the mouth rim. On our example the rockwork where we often find a poetic inscription has been used to engrave the mark of Vietnamese Emperor Minh Mang (1820-1841). As a vassal of Chinese Emperor, Vietnamese emperors used to collect Chinese porcelain and works of art. This brush pot must have been part of Minh Mang collection.
See a related brush pot without inscriptions in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 42 - Jadeware (III), Hong Kong, 1996, p. 209, no. 170 and one in the Florence and Herbert Irving collection sold at Christie's New York, 20 March 2019, lot 822, another one in the Alan and Simone Hartman collection sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 27 November 2007, lot 2388 and another one at Christie's London, 16 May 2008, lot 54.