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, EGEAC (Lisbon’s Cultural and Animation municipal entity). And Lisbon’s City Council.

The original Bordallo Pinheiro’s Sardine, designed in the XIX century, due to its classic three-dimensional nature, became the ideal support for receiving the creative work that EGEAC develops since 2003, within Lisbon’s Festivities, which transformed the sardine, iconic fish of Portuguese culture and gastronomy, an international icon of the city and of Summer celebrations of the Portuguese capital.


Sardine - Childhood Flavors

The combination of two flavors immediately associated with Portugal. One of them is the sardine (present in multiple national festivities, such as those honoring Popular Saints) and another iconic flavor: that of childhood chocolates, bought in corner shops and displayed in punch hole boxes. Designer: Maria Beatriz Soares

Sardine - Radio

This sardine wished to pay homage to the old school “battery radio”, so typical of Lisbon's neighborhoods, where through the windows one could hear, on a short-wave radio, the radio soap opera, Fado and football reports, which gave so many joys and sorrows to the people who listened to them. You did it! Designer: Luís Barata

Sardine - Cinema 125

Now here's a real movie star! In this year when the 125th anniversary of the first session of that filmmaker in Paris is being celebrated, this most famous sardine evokes the magic that celluloid film lets project. Cinema is celebrated with icons, with popcorn and with Hollywood. Designer: Mário Augusto

Sardine - Amália Forever (1920-2020)

All that matters is feeling Fado. Because Fado doesn't sing, it happens. Fado feels, it doesn't understand, it doesn't explain. 2020 marks 100 years since the birth of the greatest figure in Portuguese Fado, and one of the greatest voices the world has ever known. And what a voice! Congratulations Amália! Designer: Ana Gomes

Sardine - Just one more

Let's go, people! One more ride on the Sardine Carousel! This represents the essence of the fun of countless hours spent at fairs and on carousels, these unique and outlandish machines that have the particularity of turning even the grumpiest of adults into cheeky and lively children. Designer: Daniel Souto

Sardine - Patchwork

Different scraps of cloth have been brought together, in the best “patchwork” style and, after a careful transformation at Bordallo Pinheiro; they have been turned into a ceramic quilted-sardine, ready to decorate and to make any corner of your home a bit more cozy. Designer: Ana Araújo

Sardine - Dakota

My name is Douglas DC-3, but I prefer to be called Dakota. I'm a classic of aviation, twin-engine, propeller driven. I was a pioneer at TAP and from the 1940s I connected Lisbon to Angola and Mozambique transporting passengers in comfort and safety. I am currently in the Air Museum. In the form of a sardine, I now honor the 75 years of the Portuguese airlines. Congratulations! Designer: TAP

Sardine - Sailboat

This Sardine mounted masts and sails and decided to go even further and with more steam, like the Portuguese ship “Sagres”! The sea is her vocation, but the house that welcomes her is her destiny. Designer: Salvatore Seidita

Sardine - Miss Chintz

Winner of the acclaimed Lisbon contest “Chintz Dress" (being the only candidate in the contest), the graceful, garish Lisboeta sardine features a model inspired in the 50's, in Pombaline chintz, set off by an English embroidery ribbon. And as the Fado says: “There goes fancy/ Everyday more beautiful/ And her chintz dress/ Always has a Sunday look”. Reminds us of Raquel Tavares, doesn't it? Designer: Raquel Tavares

Sardine - Sneaker

The snicker walks and dances through the streets of Lisbon, but also warns the world of the environmental impact of various industries. The transformation of the sardine into a shoe represents the destruction of nature by man's influence. So that we don't end up eating our own shoes, let's help the sardine and spread the message. Designer: Cesar Bettencourt

Sardine - Biba

The little blue one, so desirable, that one day swallows the fishing boat and the seagulls that hunt it. The sea, the wall of this blue fish. Designer: Ana Mesquita

Sardine - Chant

The most traditional streets of Lisbon are home to the typical songs of nostalgia, disaffection and destiny. From Alfama to Mouraria, from Madragoa to Graça, Fado is felt in the voice of professionals or amateurs, but always, always with the same Portuguese soul. This sardine also wanted to take the microphone, and be known as Camané. Designer: Camané