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.
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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.
When we set sail on the sea, we never know what our nets will catch! Handmade in pure glass, this exceptional sardine is born of the raw material our glassmakers’ nets catch every day. Don’t miss the chance to fish your Sardine of the Day – demand is huge and there are no two alike!
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The sardine of hot summer evenings, when the smell of grilled sardines fills the streets under the bright gaze of the city of Lisbon, and the sunset lends warm tones to the blue sky overhead.
In Portuguese culture, sardines are practically always associated with the grill and both form an image that is part of the universe of any Portuguese person. Bordallo Pinheiro is an example in the creation of images associated with Portuguese popular culture. As such, I consider we had a debt to Portugal and to the world, since we did not include this iconic set of Portuguese culture in our manufacture universe. This set has crossed times; it saw the birth of the nation, and its look remained practically unchanged. And today, still, it is so timeless and contemporary that it could be suggested as a new image for the national flag. Viva Portugal! Viva Bordallo Pinheiro! Viva Isaque Pinheiro! And viva Sardines... grilled, of course!
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.
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.
Life should be lived like a fairy tale, with a rebellious spirit and without fear. In spite of these modern times, life still requires courage and inspiration from all the women who face abuse and harassment. These victories are represented by this Little Red Hood, striding confident, tattooed and fearless, after conquering and slashing her greatest enemy and ready to confront any “big bad wolves” that come her way.
Inspired by an iconic brand that has been a household name in Portugal for decades, Old Sardine alludes to the scent of a freshly-shaven face. The colors, the caravel, the lettering... elements that navigate through affective memories that comfort the soul. Like the smell of sardines, this cologne became the distinctive mark of my Portuguese identity.