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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, and EGEAC/ Municipality of Lisbon. The original Bordallo Pinheiro’s Sardine, due to its classic three-dimensional nature, became the ideal support for receiving the creative work that the “Festas de Lisboa/EGEAC” (Lisbon Festivities) have been developing since 2003, which granted the Sardine the status of icon of the city.

In 2016 the collection comprises 60 sardines: 36 from the EGEAC estate, 23 by Portuguese and foreign guest artists and the original one. One of them is a numbered edition of 99 examples! The composition of the Sardine by Bordallo Pinheiro is reviewed annually, with the introduction of new illustrations and the discontinuation of others. Each year will thus be an unique opportunity to purchase some of these models.

To complement and enhance your collection, you may also purchase one of our fun accessory pieces! You can choose between Fatia de Broa, ideal for hanging on the wall, and Canastra or Abano, both perfect complements to store or display your sardines in the most unique way!

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Sardine - The great goal's Sardine!

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!

Sardine - Paris 16h13

Rendez-vous in Paris, Pont des arts, 16h13, the wind blows gently…

Sardine - … And, OLÉ!

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”!

Sardine - Adamastor

Adamastor is a symbol of the fearless way the Portuguese people face the unknown and difficulties.

Sardine - Deep Love

I always loved stories and characters related to the sea. This sardine talks about Triton, the curious fishes and a book of mermaids. Stories about the sea and about love, as deep as the sea.

Sardine - Fish's Art

Art is everywhere.

Sardine - Barcela

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.

Sardine - Bartina

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”.

Sardine - Biolinda

BIO, from high sea LINDA [Beautiful], from fresh and healthy This is BIOLINDA

Sardine - Black Hole

In the universe of sardines, there is always a cat as a black hole…

Sardine - Green Broth with Chorizo

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!

Sardine - Cervantina

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.

Sardine - Coimbra

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.

Sardine - I Understood You

Narciso, with no ceremonies, asks fire to an unwary street lamp. The latter did not spar, remains stiff and silent. What would be our imaginary without Pátio das Cantigas? It wouldn’t be the same, not to Lisbon neither for us.

Sardine - Conquerors (…Everyday)

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 of everyday!

Sardine - Constellation

The Constellation sardine
Has the soul of an artist
Has the guts
Optimistic Salero;
Boasting cheerful bright colours
Wandering across Lisbon
In love with such beautiful light
That echoes throughout the city

Sardine - Bottom of the Sea

At the bottom of the sea there are white terrors,
Where plants are animals
And animals are flowers.
Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen

Sardine - On Party

During the Sardine Festivities in Portugal, everyone goes to the street, and in every corner there’s a music band while sardines are cooked. The entire neighbourhood is full of sounds, joy and smoke smelling of cooked fish. Some sardines also want to celebrate, drink a glass of wine from the Alentejo Region and dance, no matter what will be their final destiny.

Sardine - Coffee Shop Esplanade

I asked for an expresso at the esplanade / a glass of water and nothing else / the expresso was quickly done / but what about the glass with the water? /why it didn’t come?

Sardine - Rocket

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.

Sardine - Francisquinha

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.