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.
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!
Immersed in the diversity of cultures that have always inhabited the Lisbon quarter of Mouraria, one of the most traditional neighborhoods in the city, this sardine maintains its Portuguese identity with its tiles and bush basil pots, so typical of Lisbon.
Originating from the best grape varieties, the Red Wine sardine, Bordallo Pinheiro harvest, goes well with any dish in Portuguese cuisine. With a peculiar aroma, an exquisite flavor, distinctive textures and color, it should be served at room temperature.
Comedian Rui Unas lives in the South Bank, across the river from Lisbon. Rumor says he experiences vertigo when approaching the bridge, and that you would have to carry him on a bier to make him set foot in the ferry to Lisbon. But he found a solution to the problem afflicting him. The statue of Christ the King gave him superpowers! Now he can use a Bordallo sardine and swim to Lisbon, or grow wings and fly there. Discover the video here:
The Green sardine is a field animal. Her massive bearing and haughty gestures impose the law of the strongest. She has a winner’s drive and always faces a fight full of self-confidence. She has a lion inside of her.
The Red sardine is a glorious one. Unique among many, it has an instinct for victory and always plays to win. She is the queen of the skies and flies like a eagle fueled by a mystique that never fades.
Created in the Faculty of Industrial Design, at a university in Brazil, the sardine fled and disguised herself with a lost skin, to cross the tropical forest, heading towards the sea. A sardine on the run, camouflaged. But what an unexpected look!
A regular presence on the streets of big cities, the Taxi sardine is always ready to drive us to our destination. With different shapes and colors all over the world, here we made it black and green. And if the green light is on, just stretch out your arm for one more ride.
This is Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro, personified in a sardine. With his own style. Relaxed. Focused. A thinker. Creative. Always ready with a pencil. Always with his restless originality. Nothing escapes his eyes. The poor and the rich. Ceramics, journalism, cartoons. Traditions, society, politics... one single artist, full of well-known and hidden talents.
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.
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.
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.