CALDAS DE RAINHA, PORTUGAL | CERAMIC
Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro is an influential man of the 19th century Portuguese culture. He left behind him an important amount of work including cartoons, caricatures and superb ceramic creations.
In 1884, Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro created with his brother the "Fábrica de Faianças" in Caldas, to perpetuate the memory of their father, a ceramic craftsman. In keeping with local traditions, he designed hundreds of models of azulejos (decorated tiles), as well as vases, busts and gigantic ceramic animals, revealing great technical qualities and a unique artistic sensitivity.
His production became world famous and was awarded several gold medals at international exhibitions (Madrid, Antwerp, Paris and St. Louis, USA).
Today, the company continues the history of Bordallo Pinheiro and is a true pillar in the revitalisation of Portuguese ceramics. It remains faithful to its ancestral manufacturing techniques and the original naturalistic motifs that have built its success, while continuing to reinvent itself through modern techniques and a new aesthetic outlook.