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’s a Portuguese sardine, of course! When opening a can, one can hear: “Look at these sardines, so fresh!” One also hears the fado song! And inside, as if it were a cacilheiro ferryboat, is a snack sprinkled with olive oil. There are also memories of Lisbon, the festivities, the streets, the houses, the grilled sardines, the wine, and the crowd, looking like it’s canned!
A gaze at such a Portuguese way of feeling. The true meaning of “saudade”, so well translated by the words and sounds in the voice of this artist, who belongs to us as much as the sardine. Ours and the world’s. And about her [as one fado says] “the walls will confess nothing”...
Can a sardine surf? It is so fresh and knows how to jump, to master the bottom turn, the off-the-lip and the float. It performs everything to get the perfect wave. But then the sea calms down and feels like resting. Our sardine loves to sunbathe!
The popular saying “He who laughs last, laughs best” was the starting point of this sardine. Sometimes the “last” one is the one who becomes the winner and ends up flying higher. “Bando” may go alone or in a group, but goes further for sure.
The “Cacilheira” [Ferryboat] decided to recreate the connection between the two banks of the river Tagus. A whirlwind of going back and forth, on her trips to Trafaria to go to the beach, or in the daily rhythm to go to work between the port of Cacilhas and Cais do Sodré. That’s quite a river!
The sardine is always with us. Not only does it fulfil us, but it also presents us with the beautiful sounds of the sea and of the soul of Lisbon. What you can hear in the song of the sardines is endless. Let this magical music break free within you.
“A Galinha Choca da Economia” (The broody hen of Economics) was the cover of the magazine “A Paródia” in 1900, where Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro expressed his discontent towards the political life of the country and decided to caricature the different aspects of Portugal’s social and economic reality at that time …. Or is it nowadays?
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!
“O Grande Cão da Finança” (the Big Dog of Finance) was on the cover of the magazine “A Paródia “, in 1900, and it caricatures the finances wearing the collar of the deficit. “No matter how many cakes they gave it; the damn dog won’t die!”. It is the result of the despair that Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro begins to feel in the face of political manipulation and opportunism, raising the awareness of the society at the time. Never goes out of style.
It’s called “Freedom” because it was inspired by the Carnation Revolution. The character of Salgueiro Maia, emblematic character of the 25th of April, was used as the basis for representing this member of the armed forces. Red carnation Sardine, symbol of the peaceful revolution.
Miss Castelinhos” is based on the film “A Canção de Lisboa” [The Song of Lisbon], from 1933, and its main character, Alice, played by Beatriz Costa. All the details (thimble, pins and embroidery) portray the occupation of the character, a seamstress from the Castelinhos Neighbourhood. A Miss Sardine.
This sardine-swimming pool contains in itself the warmth and fun, so typical of the summer season and the festivities of St. Anthony. In the foreground, a voluptuous swimmer dives for refreshing moments.
We can call it a tribute to the Sanctuary of Fatima, which annually welcomes pilgrims from all over the world, on a pilgrimage to express their faith and belief in the place of the apparition of Our Lady to the three Shepherd children: Francisco, Jacinta and Lúcia. A holy sardine!
If there is something that characterizes Lisbon Festivities, it is the bailaricos (popular dancing)! And why not add our sardine to the dance? But because the confusion is too great and stepping is a constant, it’s not simple dress for this occasion. It’s important to have the right footwear to dance!
This is Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro, personified in a sardine. With his own style. Relaxed. Focused. A thinker. Creative. Always ready with a pencil. Always with his restless originality. Nothing escapes his eyes. The poor and the rich. Ceramics, journalism, cartoons. Traditions, society, politics... one single artist, full of well-known and hidden talents.
The “Sardinha Intoxicada” is a traditional Portuguese delicacy of contaminated water which, in a very peculiar way, is seasoned to the taste of the great leaders of the chemical industry. Special edition numbered and limited to 199 examples.
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!
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.
The sardine who always believed the Cup would be ours!
What started as a harsh comment "La sardine dégueulasse" in some foreign press, ended up being "La sardine do golaço!" to the entire world.
Now, all the Portuguese are champions thanks to our sardine! Long live the Portuguese sardine, the best in Europe! Long live the sardine!
Integrated in the collection "Sardinha by Bordallo", we present the "Sardinha Made by You".
A set including a white sardine and 6 ceramic markers, allows you to personalize your sardine, and at the same time in a simplified form, lets you experience the process of creating ceramics, in your home.
Instructions for use are on the packaging: 1st Clean the sardine with rubbing alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol), 2nd Using the ceramic markers, decorate your sardine, 3rd Let dry for 15 minutes, 4th Bake the sardines for 25 minutes at 160°C.
Let your imagination your guide and create your unique sardine, or enjoy giving the gift a personalized piece to whomever you wish to most.
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”!
Adamastor is a symbol of the fearless way the Portuguese people face the unknown and difficulties.
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.
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”.
In the universe of sardines, there is always a cat as a black hole…
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!
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.
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.
This is a reference to the ships and passengers that every day cross the
Tagus from Lisbon to Barreiro for example. They are the truly conquerors
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
At the bottom of the sea there are white terrors,
Where plants are animals
And animals are flowers.
Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!
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.
Rendez-vous in Paris, Pont des arts, 16h24, the sky becomes overcast…
Rendez-vous in Paris, Pont des arts, 16h32, some raindrops…
Is the flavor that is in the mouth of everyone during the Festas de Lisboa and also pays homage to a traditional and beloved Portuguese product.
“THIS SARDINE ISN’T BORDALLO’S ANYMORE, NOW IT’S PEDRO CABRITA REIS”. Special edition numbered and limited to 75 examples.
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!
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.
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.
Congratulations, you are the lucky owner of a drunk sardine. This item presents features that makes it one of the “must have” objects for contemporary men and women, offering an individual dose of national “bagaço” (similar to a Brandy with a high % of alcohol. Not included). A memorable and beautiful gift from Caldas da Rainha. Special edition numbered and limited to 99 examples.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Venice, masked and ready for the carnaval in the city of mystery, romance, music and drama. Inspired by renaissance frescos of the churches, Venetian textiles and lace, the canal streets and the mix of bold graphic signs this sardine glides though the water quicker than a gondola.
This is a cat that truly loves Lisbon sardines. He ate so many sardines that, inevitably, he became one of them.
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.
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!
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.
How long has it been since you last mailed a letter? This Sardine evokes the
nostalgia of a gesture that we’re losing nowadays, while highlighting the
importance of perpetuating our traditions.
Owner of the famous Fado house “Mas que grande lata a tua!”, the Amparo
Sardine is a Fado singer, heart and soul. With a distinctive voice, she puts Fado
in her life, her loves and her hatreds. Especially her loves... Amparo is known
to have married 7 and a half times, always with significantly younger fish.
Being a bigwig of the Lisbon nobility of the 18th century, he has exquisite
taste and language ticks, like “Oh la la!” or “Et, voilá!”, which he is always
applying. He organizes the “Salon Musical et Littéraire”, receiving guests
while reclined on a bed from the previous century, at the Chambre Bleu of
his palace in Belém.
This Sardine was born from predominant topics in the news, such as the
economic crisis and emigration. An analogy with airmail envelopes and
messages that emigrants use to send to their families. The image on the
back is from the transport network of Bordeaux, where I hoped that had the
chance to stay and pursue my career.
Inspired by the numerous existing lighthouses along the Portuguese coast,
this Sardine refers to the idea of travelling to a distant world, whether real or
imaginary, as well as the eternal return home after its discovery.
The Sardine belongs to the PEOPLE.... As do the memories of our History.
In 2012, the Sardine aged and told a story about a feat accomplished with
the sails of the Cross of Christ, the Heroes of the Air. Sacadura Cabral and
Gago Coutinho greatly contributed to the History of aviation when crossing
the South Atlantic by air in 1922.
A sassy Sardine Bride that celebrates and honours the Brides of Saint
Anthony, the “Matchmaker Saint” of Lisbon popular tradition.
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).
The High Tide Sardine is an allusion to deep sea fishing, symbolizing
both the lull and the storm that diminishes us. The whole of the sea
inside of a sardine.
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.
The sardine, with its silvery blue and black hues, darker on the back and lighter on the sides and belly, is found in the northeast Atlantic and the
Mediterranean Sea, where it dwells on coastal areas, between 25 and 100 meters deep.
It undertakes migrations in large shoals that protect fish
from predators during the day, in deeper waters, and move at night-time to shallower waters
to feed on algae and small crustaceans.
It reproduces from October to April, a time when sardines
are leaner and not so tasty.
The sardine is the most popular fish in summer festivals and fairs in Portugal, as well as the main species used in the
Portuguese canning industry.
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.
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