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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Is the flavor that is in the mouth of everyone during the Festas de Lisboa and also pays homage to a traditional and beloved Portuguese product.
Designer: Roger Hespanhol
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 special coexistence between men and dogs for thousands of years has extended the concept of family. So, if we can often see humans mourning the death of dogs, let us not be surprised to see dogs mourning the death of men.
Designer: World Press Cartoon
In the year of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ album “Yellow Submarine”, it is only fair to pay tribute to it, using our greatest icon, which is also yellow: the electric streetcar number 28. More and more a symbol of how Lisbon has become a world city. Only these two made me like yellow!
Designer: Alexandra Mendes
Carminho creates a sardine inspired by her family history and culture. A curation of Fado women who were present in her training, but also some of the most relevant in Fado history. These are ten women who have already left but who have left behind an incalculable legacy and cultural heritage.
Front: Hermínia Silva, Berta Cardoso, Maria Teresa de Noronha, Lucília do Carmo, Amália Rodrigues
Back: Celeste Rodrigues, Argentina Santos, Maria José da Guia, Beatriz da Conceição, Ana Rosmaninho
The winning illustration of a Bordallo Pinheiro leisure campaign during the quarantine period has now been converted into a member of the “Sardine by Bordallo Pinheiro” family. All proceeds from its sale will revert to the SNS (Portuguese healthcare system), by purchasing the most essential equipment. A contribution from the brand to the well-being of all, in this difficult phase we are currently living through.
Designer: Andreia Baltazar
It is difficult to think of Portugal without associating it with the sea. It is an extension of Portugal, of our existence and history. It is where everything begins and ends, but it also gives haven to tranquility and to imagining of the future which contrasts with the force of the ocean that embraces us, that motivates us to build bridges, to break the restlessness of the present and to look forward to the dawn. A beautiful tribute of Mariza.
The most traditional streets of Lisbon are home to the typical songs of nostalgia, disaffection and destiny. From Alfama to Mouraria, from Madragoa to Graça, Fado is felt in the voice of professionals or amateurs, but always, always with the same Portuguese soul. This sardine also wanted to take the microphone, and be known as Camané.
The little blue one, so desirable, that one day swallows the fishing boat and the seagulls that hunt it. The sea, the wall of this blue fish.
Designer: Ana Mesquita
Like the sardine, we should be in schools, because we are stronger together,” says César Mourão. The actor and the illustrator Gião designed, produced and embarked (literally) on this sardine, rowing to get it moving and to take it to its destination: the public.
Designer: Cesar Mourão
A new phenomenon has taken place at Entroncamento, this time from the water world! A sardine was mysteriously seen running on the train tracks of this town of crossroads. Its origin is not yet known, but it is thought that its fantastic and ingenious appearance is due to the influence of the trains that it saw passing when bathing in the waters of the Tagus. They're out there...
Designer: Ana Sofia Gonçalves
The snicker walks and dances through the streets of Lisbon, but also warns the world of the environmental impact of various industries. The transformation of the sardine into a shoe represents the destruction of nature by man's influence. So that we don't end up eating our own shoes, let's help the sardine and spread the message.
Designer: Cesar Bettencourt
Winner of the acclaimed Lisbon contest “Chintz Dress" (being the only candidate in the contest), the graceful, garish Lisboeta sardine features a model inspired in the 50's, in Pombaline chintz, set off by an English embroidery ribbon. And as the Fado says: “There goes fancy/ Everyday more beautiful/ And her chintz dress/ Always has a Sunday look”. Reminds us of Raquel Tavares, doesn't it?
Designer: Raquel Tavares
There's a world full of species in the ocean, one of them being the sardine. And what a beautiful specimen it is. Combining drawing, poetry and environmental awareness, this creation pays homage to the ocean, the harmony of life at sea, and the character of the sardine, showing how it would be at the peak of its life, dancing freely through the seas.
Designer: Margarida Moreira
The sweetest little Lisboeta of all has a secret that's well kept. The one of the thin and crispy dough and the one of the velvety cream, perfumed with cinnamon to taste. Daughter of the Nata and of Lisbon, we introduce you to “Natali”: the crème de la crème of Lisbon.
Designer: António Antunes
In the time when fishmongers sold what they carried in their baskets, surely everything was valued and in sustainable quantities. The product was always covered with a beautiful cloth of Portuguese embroidery! Long live local tradition!
Designer: Raquel Marto
This Sardine mounted masts and sails and decided to go even further and with more steam, like the Portuguese ship “Sagres”! The sea is her vocation, but the house that welcomes her is her destiny.
Designer: Salvatore Seidita
This sardine wanted to “change its life” and dress up as the man who said “I'm going to be a singer” and who became much more than that. It left at the crack of dawn of Saint António and became Saint António das Variações on its own. With his barber's scissors, the slippers for going out into the street and Saint Teresinha to protect him from harm, he sang... “Adeus que me vou embora” [“Goodbye I'm going away”], taken to the heavens by the limelight.
Designer: Ricardo Almeida
My name is Douglas DC-3, but I prefer to be called Dakota. I'm a classic of aviation, twin-engine, propeller driven. I was a pioneer at TAP and from the 1940s I connected Lisbon to Angola and Mozambique transporting passengers in comfort and safety. I am currently in the Air Museum. In the form of a sardine, I now honor the 75 years of the Portuguese airlines. Congratulations!
Happy and adventurous, since she was a little girl she dreamed of seeing the world. She was told, “You always have your head in the clouds,” but she knew what she wanted. Today, she flies to several continents, welcoming passengers from all over the world with a smile on her lips: “Welcome on board!” This sardine pays homage to all professionals in civil aviation and also to 75 years of TAP. Congratulations!