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Manuel and Vicente Sßnchez Algora are the names of the twin brothers who founded a ceramic figurine company called Algora in a small town in Madrid called Villaviciosa de Odˇn, which later went on to acclaim international recognition. These brave artists started their workshop in 1951, in a difficult postwar era and went on to open their first factory in 1975. They chose to keep production small and exclusive, producing a minimum number of the same pieces, and keeping a close control on quality by painting and finishing each figure by hand. With their creativity, hard work, and need for perfection they were able to reach the hearts of many and achieved recognition with their collection of cockfights, witches and classical cinema actors.