The ceramic pieces made to look like cabbage leaves are amongst the most distinctive and reproduced Bordalo Pinheiro creations. They became so popular they spread to dishes, bowls, cups and the like. Such as this salad bowl.
In 1891, Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro shaped some ceramic swallows that continue hanging from the ceiling of Tabacaria Mónaco, in the Rossio square in Lisbon. Getting carried away, he used them on plates, tiles and other decorative pieces. The image of this beautiful and joyful bird, known to be brave and faithful, touched the Portuguese heart and, throughout the 20th century, was adapted by handcrafts and used in façades, balconies and domestic interiors throughout the country.
Measurements: 26 x 20 x 18,5cm