Bordallo Pinheiro?s artistic earthenware has many techniques and procedures (some of them centuries old), that are responsible for the final product and artistic quality. The intangible heritage of Bordallo Pinheiro has passed down to later generations of ceramic workers, and through the teaching of ceramics techniques is protecting the centenary long knowledge which represents real treasures of our history and culture. Cabbage, in its rough and flat form, could be used as a metaphor for Portugal?s rustic ways, which Bordallo had so many times caricatured. This was a clever way to honour it, placing it on the bourgeois? tables, where other way it had not been invited.