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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The sardine, with its silvery blue and black hues, darker on the back and lighter on the sides and belly, is found in the northeast Atlantic and the
Mediterranean Sea, where it dwells on coastal areas, between 25 and 100 meters deep.
It undertakes migrations in large shoals that protect fish
from predators during the day, in deeper waters, and move at night-time to shallower waters
to feed on algae and small crustaceans.
It reproduces from October to April, a time when sardines
are leaner and not so tasty.
The sardine is the most popular fish in summer festivals and fairs in Portugal, as well as the main species used in the
Portuguese canning industry.
Inspired by the Miami sunset on South beach, Hawaiian shirt fabrics worn
by gangsters and the Art Deco buildings on Colins Avenue in there clashing
colours. Let’s not forget the Surf and the Surfboard designs . Pink Flamingos, neon
signs and the Pink Cadillac show Miami’s kitsch glamour that one loves so much.
Inspired by New York graffiti, Liberty, the urban life of the big apple, jeans,
the theaters on Broadway , baseball, Wall St. and the dollar. The vibrant
lights and « bigger than life! » funk of the city give this sardine it’s flashy
colors to stand out from the rest. This sardine is street, gritty, fashion, fast,
fun and ready to party with all the colors and essence of a real New Yorker!
A sardine that reflects the contagious joy of the Popular Saints’ festivities, inspired by the work of Andy Warhol, who used bright and diverse colours to represent the impersonality of objects and celebrities, bringing art closer to everyday life. Portuguese tradition is pop too.
This Sardine was born from predominant topics in the news, such as the
economic crisis and emigration. An analogy with airmail envelopes and
messages that emigrants use to send to their families. The image on the
back is from the transport network of Bordeaux, where I hoped that had the
chance to stay and pursue my career.
This sardine was inspired by the following concept: if you had to dress sardines for the city’s festivals, what would they look like? The answer is this suggestion, in which jeans dominate (with the details of the pockets’ seams defining its physiognomy), over fun, striped socks evoking Chapitô performing arts school and its neighborhood feel.
A sassy Sardine Bride that celebrates and honours the Brides of Saint
Anthony, the “Matchmaker Saint” of Lisbon popular tradition.
“Vader” sardine would like to be a master of the force over the mind. Fan of one of the most charismatic characters of science fiction, whenever it can, it wears its disguise to fight against barbecues, sardine parties and other parties where it always ends up in corn bread... or on a plate! A sardine which wields the dark side of the force!
Madonna, always young, so girlie, the queen of pop, and always in Vogue. Global stardom was not enough for her, and that’s why now queen of Lisbon and of the smokiest sardines. Madonna is a top sardine, irreverent, sexy, sparkling, and she is now part of Portugal and what this country has to offer the world. Madonna or a good sardine – why not both in one?
This sardine dwells in a sea of calm waters, but with troubled shores. Troubled between life and death, between dreams and nightmares.
Rendez-vous in Paris, Pont des arts, 16h13, the wind blows gently…
Rendez-vous in Paris, Pont des arts, 16h24, the sky becomes overcast…
Rendez-vous in Paris, Pont des arts, 16h32, some raindrops…
Rendez-vous in Paris, Pont des arts, 16h46, it is raining but it is fine…
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.
Venice, masked and ready for the carnaval in the city of mystery, romance, music and drama. Inspired by renaissance frescos of the churches, Venetian textiles and lace, the canal streets and the mix of bold graphic signs this sardine glides though the water quicker than a gondola.
This is a cat that truly loves Lisbon sardines. He ate so many sardines that, inevitably, he became one of them.
Integrated in the collection "Sardinha by Bordallo", we present the "Sardinha Made by You".
A set including a white sardine and 6 ceramic markers, allows you to personalize your sardine, and at the same time in a simplified form, lets you experience the process of creating ceramics, in your home.
Instructions for use are on the packaging: 1st Clean the sardine with rubbing alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol), 2nd Using the ceramic markers, decorate your sardine, 3rd Let dry for 15 minutes, 4th Bake the sardines for 25 minutes at 160°C.
Let your imagination your guide and create your unique sardine, or enjoy giving the gift a personalized piece to whomever you wish to most.