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Adopting a modern and entrepreneurial approach, Bordallo Pinheiro plays an essential role in the revitalization of Portuguese ceramics and of the artistic heritage of its factory, Fábrica de Faianças Artísticas, Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro, in the national as well as the international scene.

Bordallo Pinheiro remains faithful to tradition through the use of ancestral manufacture techniques and the naturalistic motifs at the root of the brand’s great project. At the same time, it gives its lines a contemporaneous dimension, thanks to the excellence of its production and its continuous reinvention, both at the aesthetic and technical level.

The brand’s utilitarian and decorative pieces continue to feed our collective imagination and to take the prestige of Portuguese culture and industry one step further.

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Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro is one of the most influential people of nineteenth century Portuguese culture, with a remarkable production particularly regarding the areas of humoristic drawing, caricature and ceramic creation. His work represents an unsettling, ever timely reality and a fundamental document for political, social, cultural and ideological study of a time period.

Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro will forever be intimately associated with caricature and artistic ceramics, showing quality and important pieces never seen before, and which, in the opinion of renowned modern artists, are the work of a genius.

Since an early age he was interested in art, and he even attended the Belas Artes school. As he was a keen theatre goer, this was how he started publishing his humorous newspapers, achieving great success with some of them. The newspapers become precious documents for their artistic quality as well  as their interpretation of the political and social events of the time, newspapers "Antonio Maria", " Pontos nos ii " and " A Paródia "  being some of the examples.

In 1884 Bordallo began his ceramics production at the Fábrica de Faianças in Caldas, revealing pieces of great technical, artistic and creative quality, developing azulejos (blue tiles), panels, pots, table centerpieces, vase busts, fountain basins, pitchers, plates, perfume bottles, vases and gigantic animals, etc.

He became famous as well for his popular images, such as Zé Povinho (an image representing poor and oppressed people represented in various ways), Maria da Paciência (Patient Mary), Ama das Caldas (Nanny from Caldas), the policeman, the priest taking snuff, the sacristan with the censer in hand, and many others. Bordallo Pinheiro held exhibitions in Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, where he presented the majestic Jarra Beethoven (Beethoven jar).

His remarkable work with ceramics was awarded with the gold medal in international exhibitions (Madrid, Antwerp, Paris and in St. Louis, United States).