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 - 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

Sardine - Pili

Pili was Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro’s cat, who like her companion Pires, used to live in the old factory grounds. An enchanting place in Caldas da Rainha. She lived happily with the affection of Master Bordallo, amidst gardens decorated with tiles and other faïences. Designer: Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro

Sardine - Saudade

This one is for hard times. Crossing oceans in the form of affection. Even when all roads seem torturous. Find in it a long sigh of love! Designer: Rita Wainer

Sardine - Dream

It is difficult to think of Portugal without associating it with the sea. It is an extension of Portugal, of our existence and history. It is where everything begins and ends, but it also gives haven to tranquility and to imagining of the future which contrasts with the force of the ocean that embraces us, that motivates us to build bridges, to break the restlessness of the present and to look forward to the dawn. A beautiful tribute of Mariza. Designer: Mariza

Sardine - Virgínia

Virgínia lived happily, practicing taking bigger and bigger jumps in the lake of the factory’s garden. Sometimes she ventured to the giant lake in the nearby D. Carlos I Park. The Master liked the sound of her croaking so much that he identified her as the character from Aesop’s fable. He identified her companion, Paulo, and materialized them in ceramics in a giant sculptural group. Designer: Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro

Sardine - Condolences

The special coexistence between men and dogs for thousands of years has extended the concept of family. So, if we can often see humans mourning the death of dogs, let us not be surprised to see dogs mourning the death of men. Designer: World Press Cartoon

Sardine - Rowing

Like the sardine, we should be in schools, because we are stronger together,” says César Mourão. The actor and the illustrator Gião designed, produced and embarked (literally) on this sardine, rowing to get it moving and to take it to its destination: the public. Designer: Cesar Mourão

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 - World

There's a world full of species in the ocean, one of them being the sardine. And what a beautiful specimen it is. Combining drawing, poetry and environmental awareness, this creation pays homage to the ocean, the harmony of life at sea, and the character of the sardine, showing how it would be at the peak of its life, dancing freely through the seas. Designer: Margarida Moreira

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 - Aerial

Happy and adventurous, since she was a little girl she dreamed of seeing the world. She was told, “You always have your head in the clouds,” but she knew what she wanted. Today, she flies to several continents, welcoming passengers from all over the world with a smile on her lips: “Welcome on board!” This sardine pays homage to all professionals in civil aviation and also to 75 years of TAP. Congratulations! Designer: TAP