Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro designed the iconic Andorinha (swallow) in 1896, which quickly became a tremendous Portuguese symbol.
Today, the swallows inhabit Portuguese houses, in Portugal and around the globe, anywhere Portuguese have settled.
Pinheiro’s Andorinha is also an emblem of the beautiful city of Lisbon.
In Portugal, the Andorinha is deeply rooted in the culture. It will bring you hope, luck, and love.
This ceramic Andorinha is hand-painted and comes with a little attachment piece so it can easily fly on any wall.
A Vida Portuguesa
Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro is one of the most influential people of nineteenth-century Portuguese culture.
With a remarkable production, particularly regarding humoristic drawing, caricature, and ceramic creations, Bordallo Pinheiro is part of Portuguese History. His remarkable work with ceramics was awarded the gold medal in international exhibitions (Madrid, Antwerp, Paris, and St. Louis, United States).
Fábrica de Faianças das Caldas was established on June 30, 1884, and still operates today. Adopting a modern and entrepreneurial approach, Bordallo Pinheiro plays an essential role in revitalizing Portuguese ceramics.
The artistic heritage of its factory still glows on the national and international art scene. Bordallo Pinheiro remains faithful to tradition by using ancestral manufacturing techniques and the naturalistic motifs at the root of its great project.
At the same time, it gives its lines a contemporary 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 take the prestige of Portuguese culture and industry one step further.
Created in 2007, A Vida Portuguesa is an emblematic concept store of Lisbon. It represents Portugal’s cultural richness through a selection of high-quality and typical grocery products.
A Vida Portuguesa allows us to discover or re-discover historical brands that have left their mark on the Portugueses’ memory.
In their effort to bring together Portuguese know-how, A Vida Portuguesa bought the rights of the famous “Andorinha” designed in 1896 and owned by Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro.
For Kelly and Julien, it is the city’s symbol, an emblem of the Portuguese’s attachment abroad, as a discreet sign of identification and recognition between them.
Kelly has, by the way, an “Andorinha” tattooed on her wrist!