Figure is all and beauty comes from inside
Monochrome porcelain had long been considered by Song court as the ultimate in beauty. This remained a tradition throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties though polychrome porcelains also became popular. More colourful pigments were invented during the Qing dynasty, which stretched the artisans' imagination, thanks to the glazes that were developed with advances in chemistry. The monochrome style has also found its home in Korea, seen in the Goryeo celadons and many Joseon wares. How to appreciate the beauty of single-coloured porcelain? The most appropriate analogy would be that a person needs a good figure before fantasising about clothes.