In 1896, Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro registers the patent of its ceramic swallows probably realizing that it could become a true Portuguese symbol.
He wasn’t wrong, the artist’s flights of swallows started inhabiting houses, in Portugal and in several countries where Portuguese people lived (easy to identify by the swallows).
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.