|Caldas da Rainha's ceramics, also known as Rafaleo Bordalo Pinheiro, its genius designer, are among the most popular handicrafts with both portuguese and foreigners alike. A couple of centuries after they were first created they are as uptodate as modern ceramics, and keep on fascinating people everywhere.||Rafaelo Bordalo Pinheiro, naturalistic shaped bowls, dishes and plates.|
|Some of Rafaelo Bordalo Pinheiro's creations were exact reproductions of almost real life sized animals, used as serving dishes and soup terrines.||Turkey shaped terrine.|
|Not only the animals were a source of inspiration, but also a large number of vegetables were turned into beautiful bowls, plates and assorted other utensils, very often intended to serve them!||The very popular cabbage shaped
bowls and plates.
|Decorative pieces like this one are among the most popular items of Caldas da Rainha's ceramics.||Small bowl decorated with the portuguese national flag.|
|Coimbra is also a source of excellent ceramics, and its XVIIth century design is also very well known and liked for decoration purposes. Full coffee or tea sets are favourites of ours, beatifully decorated in this unmistakable style.|| Coimbra XVII th