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Sardine

The Sardine collection by Bordallo Pinheiro results from a collaboration between the Earthenware Factory of Caldas da Rainha, founded in 1884 by Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro, and EGEAC/Municipality of Lisbon.

The original Bordallo Pinheiro’s Sardine, due to its classic three-dimensional nature, became the ideal support for receiving the creative work that the “Festas de Lisboa/EGEAC” (Lisbon Festivities) have been developing since 2003, which granted the Sardine the status of icon of the city.

In 2015 the collection comprises 40 sardines: 25 from the EGEAC estate, 14 by Portuguese and foreign guest artists and the original one. One of them is a numbered edition of 75 examples! The composition of the Sardine by Bordallo Pinheiro is reviewed annually, with the introduction of new illustrations and the discontinuation of others.

Each year will thus be an unique opportunity to purchase some of these models.

Sardine - Tóni

Tóni is a Sardine prone to gallantry, born as a tribute to the Lisbon hustler. A raunchy pushy sort, with a loud mouth and fire in his belly, Tón i makes a living out of odd jobs. Up one street, down an alleyway, he walks nimble, with a watchful thirsty eye, while distributing flirts to the girls that pass by – “Eh carapau” “hey mackerel!”
$35.00

Sardine - Bride

A sassy Sardine Bride that celebrates and honours the Brides of Saint Anthony, the “Matchmaker Saint” of Lisbon popular tradition.
$35.00

Sardine - My Love

Inspired by the love verses that the girls of the Minho region embroidered on handkerchiefs for their boyfriends, this sardine represents the promise of endless love. The Sweetheart Handkerchiefs are recognised by their strong colours, love symbols and spelling errors. It was a romantic allurement ritual where the sewing needles were the keyboard at that time.
$35.00

Sardine - Loving Maria

Maria Amor represents Portuguese women throughout history: The wives of the fishermen who wait for their men the whole night long, the women waiting for their soldiers, the mothers, and saudade, who only those who love can feel.
$35.00

Sardine - Inês

The forbidden love of crown prince Peter of Portugal and his lover Inês de Castro became eternalized in the history of Portugal. Quinta das Lágrimas, in Coimbra, and Alcobaça Monastery, where the pair were laid to rest in magnificent tombs, are still inspiring places. Peter and Inês are reborn, in love as always, during Lisbon’s festivals!
$35.00

Sardine - Pedro

The forbidden love of crown prince Peter of Portugal and his lover Inês de Castro became eternalized in the history of Portugal. Quinta das Lágrimas, in Coimbra, and Alcobaça Monastery, where the pair were laid to rest in magnificent tombs, are still inspiring places. Peter and Inês are reborn, in love as always, during Lisbon’s festivals!
$35.00

Amália

A gaze at such a Portuguese way of feeling. The true meaning of “saudade”, so well translated by the words and sounds in the voice of this artist, who belongs to us as much as the sardine. Ours and the world’s. And about her [as one fado says] “the walls will confess nothing”...
$35.00

Under the Sun

Can a sardine surf? It is so fresh and knows how to jump, to master the bottom turn, the off-the-lip and the float. It performs everything to get the perfect wave. But then the sea calms down and feels like resting. Our sardine loves to sunbathe!
$35.00

Flock

The popular saying “He who laughs last, laughs best” was the starting point of this sardine. Sometimes the “last” one is the one who becomes the winner and ends up flying higher. “Bando” may go alone or in a group, but goes further for sure.
$35.00

Cacilheira

The “Cacilheira” [Ferryboat] decided to recreate the connection between the two banks of the river Tagus. A whirlwind of going back and forth, on her trips to Trafaria to go to the beach, or in the daily rhythm to go to work between the port of Cacilhas and Cais do Sodré. That’s quite a river!
$35.00

Basket

$86.00

Everlasting Song

The sardine is always with us. Not only does it fulfil us, but it also presents us with the beautiful sounds of the sea and of the soul of Lisbon. What you can hear in the song of the sardines is endless. Let this magical music break free within you.
$35.00

Economy

“A Galinha Choca da Economia” (The broody hen of Economics) was the cover of the magazine “A Paródia” in 1900, where Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro expressed his discontent towards the political life of the country and decided to caricature the different aspects of Portugal’s social and economic reality at that time …. Or is it nowadays?
$35.00

Finance

“O Grande Cão da Finança” (the Big Dog of Finance) was on the cover of the magazine “A Paródia “, in 1900, and it caricatures the finances wearing the collar of the deficit. “No matter how many cakes they gave it; the damn dog won’t die!”. It is the result of the despair that Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro begins to feel in the face of political manipulation and opportunism, raising the awareness of the society at the time. Never goes out of style.
$35.00

Freedom

It’s called “Freedom” because it was inspired by the Carnation Revolution. The character of Salgueiro Maia, emblematic character of the 25th of April, was used as the basis for representing this member of the armed forces. Red carnation Sardine, symbol of the peaceful revolution.
$35.00

Miss Castelinhos

Miss Castelinhos” is based on the film “A Canção de Lisboa” [The Song of Lisbon], from 1933, and its main character, Alice, played by Beatriz Costa. All the details (thimble, pins and embroidery) portray the occupation of the character, a seamstress from the Castelinhos Neighbourhood. A Miss Sardine.
$35.00

Swimmer

This sardine-swimming pool contains in itself the warmth and fun, so typical of the summer season and the festivities of St. Anthony. In the foreground, a voluptuous swimmer dives for refreshing moments.
$35.00

Pack 2 Sardines Paris 1

$59.00