Oddball Portuguese Ceramics from Bordalo Pinheiro at KIOSK

Oddball Portuguese Ceramics from Bordalo Pinheiro at KIOSK

Aaron Able
Dec 4, 2009

KIOSK is one of those quirky stores that always has something fun and nearly everything is very unique. Their newest collection of items from Portugal include a selection of offerings from the Fárica de Faianças Artísticas Bordalo Pinheiro — a ceramic producer that makes the most fantastical hand finished and hand painted tabletop and serving dishes.

From the KIOSK site: The Fárica de Faianças Artísticas Bordalo Pinheiro was founded in 1884 by the illustrator and caricaturist Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro. Located in Caldas da Rainha, a town once filled with ceramic producers; where ceramics have been produced since Neolithic times, the factory was, until his death in 1905, the location of a creative industrial enterprise, similar to Arts and Crafts workshops in England and the US. When the original factory went bankrupt, Manuel Gustavo Bordalo Pinheiro purchased his father's molds and drawings at a public auction. The molds are now used by the current enterprise, founded in 1922. You might recognize their cabbage leaf dishes, soup terrines and bowls. But even more interesting are their fantastic animal and food creations, odd imagery coming from Bordalo Pinheiro's illustrative mind.

1 Bordallo Pinheiro Goat Toothpick Holder - $65 from KIOSK
2 Set of Bordallo Pinheiro Cabbage Dishes - $68 from KIOSK
3 Bordallo Pinheiro Oyster Dish comes with a matching "coral" spoon - $52 from KIOSK

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