Pewter objects were not only used by civilians. Pewter items also were used in a religious context. These bowls for example, are depicted on The last supper by Leonardo da Vinci in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The mural was made between 1495 and 1498.
This candle holder is a reference to the bossed beaker. These are glass beakers that occur in late 16th-century or 17th-century archaeological contexts. The wall of the bossed beaker is decorated with a relief pattern in the form of drops, tears, diamonds, warts or … bosses. Just like with this candle holder.