In 1896, Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro registered the patent of his ceramic swallows, probably when realized that they could become a true Portuguese symbol. He was not mistaken, the artist’s flock of swallows began inhabiting the Portuguese homes, in the country as well as abroad
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In 1896, Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro registers the patent of its ceramic swallows probably realizing that it could become a true Portuguese symbol.
He wasn’t wrong, the artist’s flights of swallows started inhabiting houses, in Portugal and in several countries where Portuguese people lived (easy to identify by the swallows).