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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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.
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!