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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In the universe of sardines, there is always a cat as a black hole…
If there delicacy always present during the festivities, it is the green broth! Hot, good and obviously enriched with generous slices of chorizo . If the chorizo were a person, this would certainly be his reaction to the unfortunate fall in the middle
of green broth!
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.
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.
This is a reference to the ships and passengers that every day cross the
Tagus from Lisbon to Barreiro for example. They are the truly conquerors
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!
Note: The image is merely illustrative, it may not correspond to the one you purchase.
During the Sardine Festivities in Portugal, everyone goes to the street, and in every corner there’s a music band while sardines are cooked.
neighbourhood is full of sounds, joy and smoke smelling of cooked fish.
Some sardines also want to celebrate, drink a glass of wine from the Alentejo Region and dance, no matter what will be their final destiny.
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!
Inspired by the numerous existing lighthouses along the Portuguese coast,
this Sardine refers to the idea of travelling to a distant world, whether real or
imaginary, as well as the eternal return home after its discovery.
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.
The rocket is a current and futuristic attempt to venture into the unknown as the Portuguese ships. The boy is the embodiment of courage, curiosity and stories of the Portuguese explorers.
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!
Inspired by the famous British Royal Guards, represented by their majestic
poses, their instruments and the exuberance of their uniforms. Despite being
people, they have already become an attractive tourist spot, likes monuments
in the city centre.
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.
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 conveys the festive spirit of a typical Lisbon quarter. Is a window of Alfama full of life, adorned with precept, ready to receive Lisbon festivities, the city’s most colorful nights.
The sardine who always believed the Cup would be ours!
What started as a harsh comment "La sardine dégueulasse" in some foreign press, ended up being "La sardine do golaço!" to the entire world.
Now, all the Portuguese are champions thanks to our sardine! Long live the Portuguese sardine, the best in Europe! Long live the sardine!
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.
Today, a sardine came to my window sill and asked me to tell a story about her ... and I did so. One of the magic things about image is that it allows us interpretative freedom. To discover various stories, inside someone’s story. This was my story, what’s yours?!