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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Sardine - Agatha

The new multicolored print, which intertwines stripes, colors and Agatha’s own iconography, will easily make this sardine the queen of all the seas. Designer: Agatha Ruiz de La Prada

Sardine - Cuca’s Guitar

This sardine warns of the damaging effects of plastic on the environment, namely the oceans. Defending the environment is everyone's responsibility, in everything we do, in everything we are in the world we live in. It's important that we think, every day, about how we can be more responsible. Designer: Cuca Roseta

Sardine - In Stanisic’S Skin

The sardine is skin for Ljubomir Stanisic, part of who he is. This was what bound him to Portugal. Written inside this Bordallo sardine are some of the tattoos that Hugo Makarov has drawn on his skin over the last 15 years, illustrating his life from infancy in Bosnia to the family raised in Portugal. There is blood, sweat and tears in these paintings. Designer: Ljubomir Stanisic

Sardine - Creation

Inspired by Michelangelo's work, The creation of Adam, a fresco painted on the ceiling of the Sistine chapel in the 16th century, we contemplate the mythical (and mystical) moment the Sardine was created. Designer: Teresa Dias

Sardine - Gisela in the Heart

This sardine is inspired by the Lisbon that Gisela sees: luminous, fresh, unburdened, joyful, a female city, a woman. Hence the pure crisp white, and also the hearts, because it's a city that, for all these reasons, invites her to love life. Designer: Gisela João

Sardine - Chestnuts, Get Your Chestnuts Here!

Inspired by the typical carts of chestnut sellers who, from the start of October occupy the country's streets, it spreads its special aroma. On 11 November, blessed by the summer sun of Saint Martin, this Saint's day is celebrated with chestnuts soaked in jeropiga (a type of sweet wine) and piquette. Designer: Ana Sofia Gonçalves

Sardine - Spanish Hysteria

Represents Spain and its folklore, with the flamenco dancer performing while a group of men dressed in flamenco jackets watch her, enchanted. Designer: Abraham Menéndez

Sardine - Childhood Flavors

The combination of two flavors immediately associated with Portugal. One of them is the sardine (present in multiple national festivities, such as those honoring Popular Saints) and another iconic flavor: that of childhood chocolates, bought in corner shops and displayed in punch hole boxes. Designer: Maria Beatriz Soares

Sardine - Radio

This sardine wished to pay homage to the old school “battery radio”, so typical of Lisbon's neighborhoods, where through the windows one could hear, on a short-wave radio, the radio soap opera, Fado and football reports, which gave so many joys and sorrows to the people who listened to them. You did it! Designer: Luís Barata

Sardine - Amália Forever (1920-2020)

All that matters is feeling Fado. Because Fado doesn't sing, it happens. Fado feels, it doesn't understand, it doesn't explain. 2020 marks 100 years since the birth of the greatest figure in Portuguese Fado, and one of the greatest voices the world has ever known. And what a voice! Congratulations Amália! Designer: Ana Gomes

Sardine - Just one more

Let's go, people! One more ride on the Sardine Carousel! This represents the essence of the fun of countless hours spent at fairs and on carousels, these unique and outlandish machines that have the particularity of turning even the grumpiest of adults into cheeky and lively children. Designer: Daniel Souto

Sardine - Dakota

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! Designer: TAP