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.
Portugal receives the sardine directly from the sea. In many parts of the world we’ve known them by opening the can and finding, as a graphite pencil box, an ordered queue of sardines… I had always the feeling that if I opened a sardine, I would find something else inside.
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.
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.
Originating from the best grape varieties, the Red Wine sardine, Bordallo Pinheiro harvest, goes well with any dish in Portuguese cuisine. With a peculiar aroma, an exquisite flavor, distinctive textures and color, it should be served at room temperature.
Tóni is a Sardine prone to gallantry, born as a tribute to the Lisbon hustler.
A raunchy pushy sort, with a loud mouth and fire in his belly, Tón i makes a
living out of odd jobs. Up one street, down an alleyway, he walks nimble,
with a watchful thirsty eye, while distributing flirts to the girls that pass by –
“Eh carapau” “hey mackerel!”
Iwashi-Nobori is a sardine inspired by the Japanese Koinoboshi. Koinoboshi
is the Children’s Day, and the carp is the symbol of strength, persistence,
bravery and success. This Portuguese sardine, painted Ukiyoe-style, wishes
strength, persistence, bravery and success to Portuguese children
Comedian Rui Unas lives in the South Bank, across the river from Lisbon. Rumor says he experiences vertigo when approaching the bridge, and that you would have to carry him on a bier to make him set foot in the ferry to Lisbon. But he found a solution to the problem afflicting him. The statue of Christ the King gave him superpowers! Now he can use a Bordallo sardine and swim to Lisbon, or grow wings and fly there. Discover the video here:
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!
The Green sardine is a field animal. Her massive bearing and haughty gestures impose the law of the strongest. She has a winner’s drive and always faces a fight full of self-confidence. She has a lion inside of her.
The Red sardine is a glorious one. Unique among many, it has an instinct for victory and always plays to win. She is the queen of the skies and flies like a eagle fueled by a mystique that never fades.
Written on a slate, hanging at the door of cafes and taverns of Lisbon as an open invitation, Dish of the Day whets the appetite of people passing by. And the menu today is a nice fresh sardine. Bon Appétit!
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.
Created in the Faculty of Industrial Design, at a university in Brazil, the sardine fled and disguised herself with a lost skin, to cross the tropical forest, heading towards the sea. A sardine on the run, camouflaged. But what an unexpected look!
Inspired by the Miami sunset on South beach, Hawaiian shirt fabrics worn
by gangsters and the Art Deco buildings on Colins Avenue in there clashing
colours. Let’s not forget the Surf and the Surfboard designs . Pink Flamingos, neon
signs and the Pink Cadillac show Miami’s kitsch glamour that one loves so much.
This sardine was inspired by the following concept: if you had to dress sardines for the city’s festivals, what would they look like? The answer is this suggestion, in which jeans dominate (with the details of the pockets’ seams defining its physiognomy), over fun, striped socks evoking Chapitô performing arts school and its neighborhood feel.
Fish and Chips wrapped in London newspapers, the Punk, the Bank Brokers
Bowler hats, the underground and the skyline give grit, a street edge to this
London Sardine. The contrast with the Queen, Traditional fabrics and cream
tea’s served in London hotels, the Black Cab and embroidery details from the
Pearly King and Queens costumes, help sum up the real essence of London life.