The Battle of Doggerbank occurred on 5 August 1781, when the English naval and merchant fleets under Admiral Hyde-Parker encountered the Dutch naval and merchant fleets under Admiral Zoutman. Four smaller panels in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, showing scenes from the Battle of Doggerbank are inscribed Verlakt bij Sasaya in Japan AD 1792 (Lacquered at Sasaya in Japan AD 1792) and are derived from a series of nineteen engravings by Fredrik Murat, published 1782. Japanese lacquerwork decorated with representations from European prints and drawings only first appeared at the end of the late 18th Century. Commanders such as Isaac Titsingh, in Japan in 1780 and 1782-84, and J.F. van Reede tot de Parkeler (1786 and 1788-89) seem to have given the impetus to the production of this type of lacquer ware.
See: C.J.A. Jörg, Japanese lacquerwork decorated after European Prints, in Collections of essays in commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the Institute of Oriental and Occidental Studies, Kansai University, Osaka 1981; C.J.A. Jörg, Japanese Export Lacquer. Trade and Imitation, in Imitation and Inspiration. Japanese Influence on Dutch Art, Amsterdam, 1989, pl.9; drawing. Atlas van Stolk, Rotterdam.