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.
Being a bigwig of the Lisbon nobility of the 18th century, he has exquisite
taste and language ticks, like “Oh la la!” or “Et, voilá!”, which he is always
applying. He organizes the “Salon Musical et Littéraire”, receiving guests
while reclined on a bed from the previous century, at the Chambre Bleu of
his palace in Belém.
Designer: Isabel Colher
How long has it been since you last mailed a letter? This Sardine evokes the
nostalgia of a gesture that we’re losing nowadays, while highlighting the
importance of perpetuating our traditions.
Designer: Ana Sofia Gonçalves
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.
Designer: Ana Miranda
The Sardine belongs to the PEOPLE.... As do the memories of our History.
In 2012, the Sardine aged and told a story about a feat accomplished with
the sails of the Cross of Christ, the Heroes of the Air. Sacadura Cabral and
Gago Coutinho greatly contributed to the History of aviation when crossing
the South Atlantic by air in 1922.
Designer: Miguel Amaral
It was just an anonymous and pale Sardine. It sought colour and participated
in the “Festas de Lisboa” (Lisbon Festivities). As the event’s icon, it deserved a
monumental illustration. So, I tried to create a symbiosis between the sardine
and the Santa Justa Elevator. The Santa Justa Sardine, once anonymous and
pale, now parades in colour and tradition.
Designer: Frederico Lencastre
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.
The Tagus Sardine has the best view of Lisbon. From the river she sees the people,
the roofs and the Castle; she sees the bridge and the boats, and the departures and
returns that make the city live. She is a lucky Sardine – and, as Amália used to say,
She has water, she knows how to swim / I wish I were a sardine.
Designer: Sofia Fischer
The Tenório Sardine is a true portent of the Portuguese guitar. Known in the
most exclusive world of Fado for being a bon vivant, irresistibly seductive
and a confessed lover of the nightlife and “escabeche” (pickle), Tenório
oozes charm through all of his scales. And no gilt-head bream, mullet or ray
can resist his charms.
Designer: Paulo Galindro
Designers: Ana Gomes and Isabel Colher
Because it is of the Portuguese, father of broad seas, to want, to be able to
simply:be nothing. And be someone in a sea of people. Be a person. Flood.
Dry out. Cry. Float. Come up and dive in again. Be fished. Be gutted and
survive: the whole sea, or the empty destroyed waterfront – The whole, or its
nothing (In D. João Infante de Portugal, Message, Fernando Pessoa).
Designer: Maria Miguel
The High Tide Sardine is an allusion to deep sea fishing, symbolizing
both the lull and the storm that diminishes us. The whole of the sea
inside of a sardine.
Designer: Filipa Oliveira