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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The sardine from Seville tastes like hazelnuts; the sardine from Andalusia tastes like hake; Galician sardine is not to eat, even in Norway; the Catalan sardine wants to dance the sardana; the sardine from Extremadura tastes like wood; the sardine from Madrid is worse than Extremadura… Therefore, Spanish sardines, when they arrived in Lisbon, wish to change nationality. And, “Olé”!
Designer: Kap (Jaume Capdevila)
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
Art is everywhere.
Designer: Omar alberto Figueiroa Turcios
In the universe of sardines, there is always a cat as a black hole…
Designer: Elena Ospina
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!
Designer: Sara Infante
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
Designer: Rebecca Dautremer
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
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.
Designer: Ana Gil e António Caetanio
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
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
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
Inspired by the street vendors of the popular roasted chestnuts, this sardine, still sizzling, is made of tradition, filled with flavour and taste for what is ours.
Designer: Rui Fazenda
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.
Designer: Ana Gomes
Because it is of the Portuguese, father of broad seas, to want, to be able to
simply:be nothing. And be someone in a sea of people. Be a person. Flood.
Dry out. Cry. Float. Come up and dive in again. Be fished. Be gutted and
survive: the whole sea, or the empty destroyed waterfront – The whole, or its
nothing (In D. João Infante de Portugal, Message, Fernando Pessoa).
Designer: Maria Miguel
Designers: Ana Gomes and Isabel Colher
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.
Designer: Frederico Lencastre