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…
Designer: Elena Ospina
I always loved stories and characters related to the sea. This sardine talks about Triton, the curious fishes and a book of mermaids. Stories about the sea and about love, as deep as the sea.
Designer: Marilena Nardi
Art is everywhere.
Designer: Omar alberto Figueiroa Turcios
It’s a tribute to the famous myth of the Barcelos rooster that saved a Galician and became part of the folklore and symbolic culture of Portugal. For the artist, since her childhood these colors and this myth in particular intensely refer to the Lusitanian aesthetics.
Tribute to the novelist, poet and dramatist Miguel de Cervantes y Sardina (1547- 1616), the greatest writer of the Spanish language, author of Dom Quixote.
Javier Carbajo e Sara Rojo
This Sardine in his black gown likes to work and play hard. She is defiantly
top of his class! When he is not studying and collecting the colourful university ribbons she likes nothing better than play Fado de Coimbra with his “Guitar” late into the night. This sardine presents the youthfulness, energy and romance that is unique to this city.
Designer: Craig Wheatley
I asked for an expresso at the esplanade / a glass of water and nothing else / the expresso was quickly done / but what about the glass with the water? /why it didn’t come?
Designer: António Segurado
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.
Designer: Marcos Miller
Nice Chiquita from Martinica/ dresses herself with a banana skin/ doesn’t
wear a dress, doesn’t wear shorts/ winter is midsummer for her/ existentialist quite rightly/ Moves only as her heart commands.
Designer: Cássio Loredano
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.
Designer: Ana Sofia Gonçalves
Designer: Rebecca Dautremer
Avant-gardist and revolutionary the Porto sardine is a patchwork of landmarks contrasting from classical to modern, decorative to graphic, art nouveau to industrial. Azulejos (tiles), Ponte D. Luis, Barco rabble, the river Douro, multi-coloured houses, the hustle and bustle of the markets reflecting a fun cosmopolitan city that likes to move and shake with the times. Its own time!
Designer: Craig Wheatley
Bartina is a surfer sardine that dreams of swimming in the warm waters of
Mexico. It has fire in its soul but is also very aware of the fragility of life. It’s a Portuguese sardine, but with “salero”.
Designer: Ana Lisa Luças
The St. Anthony is synonymous with flooding in our most typical quarters and everything is done to keep the night lively and raise a little cash! A crate, a lot of ice, fresh beers and follow the party!
Designer: Rui Fazenda
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?!
Designer: Susana Lai
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.
Designer: Ana Sofia Gonçalves
Inspired by the love verses that the girls of the Minho region embroidered on handkerchiefs for their boyfriends, this sardine represents the promise of endless love. The Sweetheart Handkerchiefs are recognised by their strong colours, love symbols and spelling errors. It was a romantic allurement ritual where the sewing needles were the keyboard at that time.
Designer: Oupas! Design
You miserable fishwife, you ate sardines in the morning and in the evening, you fell in love with a fisherman who was taken by the sea.
Designer: Mariana a Miserável
The Constellation sardine
Has the soul of an artist
Has the guts
Boasting cheerful bright colours
Wandering across Lisbon
In love with such beautiful light
That echoes throughout the city
Designer: José Serrano
In Festas de Lisboa, there is food and drink without limits, there are encounters around full tables, there is laughter and toasting, but by the end of the night, there is only silence, empty glasses and crack-bones on the floor. The sidewalk is adorned with remnants of the most beautiful night of Lisbon.
Designer: Diogo Tavares
This sardine tells a story of love and greed among animals. The sardine usually
ends up in the cat’s mouth, who in the end licks his paws in the sun. In this
version, the cat seems to have been swallowed by the sardine, an inversion
of the natural order of things. But when one looks more closely, one sees the
natural order of things restored, one just has to pay attention to their expression.
Designer: José Feitor