Sociedade de Porcelanas de Coimbra

Built: 1922

Abandoned: 2005

Visited: 2016

Coimbra, Portugal

This porcelain factory ‘Sociedade de Porcelanas de Coimbra’ was founded in 1922. It is known for the use of the mark Coimbra SP and they produced mass production table ware. Their costumers were mainly hotels and restaurants.

1930

In the 1930s the porcelain from Portugal was very popular in Europe. Coimbra SP competitor Vista Alegra was the biggest company to export porcelain. Portuguese porcelain was always better, cleaner, more durable and more beautiful. But it was also expensive and therefore not easily accessible to everyone. In the 1950s the business went sideways, the first companies went bankrupt. Vista Alegre saw the danger and bought Coimbra SP together with Electro-ceramics Candal. Shortly after merging with Vista Alegre, Coimbra SP also produced products for export with the brand Vista Alegre.

SP closed the doors in 2005. The factory is today nothing more than a shelter for homeless and drug addicts. Only the plaster molds remember of the heydays of mass production.

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