How Do I Collect Bordallo Pinheiro Pottery?

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How Do I Collect Bordallo Pinheiro Pottery?
Bordallo Pinheiro pottery is noted for its vivid colours and nature-inspired designs. (pottery image by Dubravko Grakalic from

The Bordallo Pinheiro Pottery company was founded by Portuguese artist, Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro in 1884, according to the company's Website. Many of Bordallo Pinheiro Pottery pieces feature brightly coloured patterns and designs that are based on nature, typically leaves, flowers, insects, animals, fruits and vegetables. Bordallo Pinheiro Pottery is sold in Europe, Japan, Australia and Canada. Antique or vintage Bordallo Pinheiro art pottery pieces and tableware may be purchased at online auction sites and at estate sales and antique stores.

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    Find used or vintage Bordallo Pinheiro pottery by registering the pattern at While some patterns may be in stock, the company will contact you by e-mail when your pattern becomes available.

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    Visit the Museum of Modern Art in New York City or the museum's online retail store to purchase new Bordallo Pinheiro pottery in the United States. As of 2010, the Museum of Modern Art is the only museum store that is listed as a reseller on the official Bordallo Pinheiro Website.

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    Look for new Bordallo Pinheiro pottery for sale on Mud on This Website lists pottery by country.

Tips and warnings

  • When you purchase pottery at an antique store or flea market, examine the pieces carefully for chips, cracks and crazing.
  • Keep your Bordallo Pinheiro pottery in a dust free display cabinet away from direct sunlight to prevent fading of the colours.
  • Look for the black frog logo, "Made in Portugal" or "Bodallo Pinheiro Portugal" stamped on the bottom of the piece to ensure you are purchasing authentic Bordallo Pinheiro Pottery. Reproductions are on the market.

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