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.
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.
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.
We can call it a tribute to the Sanctuary of Fatima, which annually welcomes pilgrims from all over the world, on a pilgrimage to express their faith and belief in the place of the apparition of Our Lady to the three Shepherd children: Francisco, Jacinta and Lúcia. A holy sardine!
Tourists leaving Lisbon aboard cruise ships will pass the building of the Port of Lisbon. And this is the moment, when they see the city for the last time, basking in the late afternoon sun, that they understand the meaning of the word “saudade”.
The Blue sardine kindles the desire for victory in your heart. Be it day or night, summer or winter, the Blue sardine turns myth into an eternal dream. Looks like a dragon.
There are a thousand and one ways to cook cod, probably the most typical fare in traditional Portuguese cuisine. This big cod is being prepared for our much-loved recipe of boiled cod with potatoes, cabbage, chickpeas, carrots and eggs. With a good drizzle of olive oil, it will be ready to be served with a suitable red wine.
The Portuguese home encompasses figures, sounds and textures. The typical Portuguese home has a floor that creaks, a replica of Our Lady of Fatima, a slanted reproduction of the Crying Boy, and a doily, on top of which an old TV set sits. The classic Portuguese movie Lisbon’s Song is on, with Beatriz Costa’s bangs. This is clearly a Portuguese home!
This sardine evokes a 3000-year-old ritual, celebrated today in various Central American countries. This celebration honors the memory of the locals’ ancestors. Colorfully adorned Skulls are its most expressive symbol. They represent death and rebirth. The turban emphasizes the relationship between cultures, and is a direct reference to Chakall.
This is a tribute to the beautiful Portuguese coast that allows for such good sunbathing, but above all to the lovingly peculiar Portuguese people – who love to sunbathe and go to the beach taking along everything you can possibly think of, filling the sand with all colors!
In June Potugal fills with a celebration that invades local homes, lending music and joy to routine household chores, and it’s not uncommon to see people dancing to the sound of an irresistible hum.
One day, in Lisbon, there was an old man preparing sour cherry liqueur in his kitchen. Then, a sardine entered a bottle of the homemade drink to eat a sour cherry. The glass changed shape and the bottle took the contours you can see. From that day on, the man decided to name his liquor in honor of the sardine and called it Ginjinha da Sardinha.
This sardine is a tribute to the Portuguese team that made us dream. That was the way we saw the World Cup! That was the way we wanted it to be! We all deserved it that way! Without bones and thorns from Uruguay... a path full of goals and joy! Next time it will be that way. Go Portugal, Go!
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!
This sardine results from the exploration of different elements evocative of Lisbon’s festivals. It associates our gastronomy as the central element of these celebrations, which also take place at table, on the alleys and narrow streets of Lisbon.
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.
This sardine dwells in a sea of calm waters, but with troubled shores. Troubled between life and death, between dreams and nightmares.
Wrapping the sardine in lace creates a strange beauty, which nevertheless has already been seen in the creations of a famous Portuguese artist. This sardine is also almost a metaphor for the natural beauty of Being, highlighted, or even overshadowed, by an artificial layer.