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.
It was just an anonymous and pale Sardine. It sought colour and participated
in the “Festas de Lisboa” (Lisbon Festivities). As the event’s icon, it deserved a
monumental illustration. So, I tried to create a symbiosis between the sardine
and the Santa Justa Elevator. The Santa Justa Sardine, once anonymous and
pale, now parades in colour and tradition.
Patron symbol of Lisbon, St. Anthony brings in the lap the Child Jesus and bless marriages. Offers to the city a traditional party without rival, in which joy is adorned with sweet basil and the greatest figure is His Highness Dona Sardinha.
Zé Povinho is now a superhero. After having courageously faced the austerity
policies, the interference of Troika and the corruption scandals, behold our
Zé is still standing. Standing tall, he shows courage and perseverance and is
ready to face all tempests with a sole purpose: to succeed. Super Zé, who is
alive inside each one of us, resists, persists and never gives up.
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!”
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 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 New York graffiti, Liberty, the urban life of the big apple, jeans,
the theaters on Broadway , baseball, Wall St. and the dollar. The vibrant
lights and « bigger than life! » funk of the city give this sardine it’s flashy
colors to stand out from the rest. This sardine is street, gritty, fashion, fast,
fun and ready to party with all the colors and essence of a real New Yorker!
A sardine that reflects the contagious joy of the Popular Saints’ festivities, inspired by the work of Andy Warhol, who used bright and diverse colours to represent the impersonality of objects and celebrities, bringing art closer to everyday life. Portuguese tradition is pop too.
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.
A regular presence on the streets of big cities, the Taxi sardine is always ready to drive us to our destination. With different shapes and colors all over the world, here we made it black and green. And if the green light is on, just stretch out your arm for one more ride.
The sardine “Eléctrica 28” wanted to make the most charismatic route of Lisbon and convey the experiences of its inhabitants. But not only them, because nowadays there are more tourists than locals. From Estrela to Graça, including the Basílica da Estrela, the Chiado, the Sé, the viewpoints over the river Tagus and the Feira da Ladra, this sardine does not stop. It’s really electric!