Copies of the vast legacy of Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro and his son, Manuel Gustavo Bordallo Pinheiro, until 1920, currently produced by the hands of the Factory’s craftsmen, using centuries-old techniques.
Paulo e Virgínia is a replica, on a smaller scale, of the pair of giant frogs created by Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro in 1889 and intended to decorate lakes and gardens.
Tradition says that in the factory, Bordallo named these two characters Paulo and Virgínia, inspired by the novel Paul et Virginie, by Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, written in 1787. This sculptural group decorated the D. Carlos I Park, in Caldas da Rainha, from 1914 to 1920, as can be seen in postcards of the time, and was present in the Portuguese Pavilion of the 1889 Universal Exhibition of Paris.
The frog couple was exhibited by Raphael as one of the main pieces of his exhibition in Rio de Janeiro in 1899, as he presented his majestic Beethoven Jar in Brazil.
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Distinctive Characteristics: Hand Painted Complements
Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro produces a remarkable production of blue tiles for the interior and exterior coating treated as decorative elements of great importance.
Of the tiles with relief, either with patterns or figures, it is important to highlight the originality and quality of the glazes applied manually. This grasshopper tile is a representation of the naturalism by Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro, with an Art Nouveau inspiration, being most recently used as a box lid.