Stapelia-Peduncle 1986 [W/P]

Alternate title: Neocummgii
Synthetic polymer paint on paper, 52.5 x 72.8
signed, dated and titled [on reverse, according to Sotheby’s]
Coll.: unknown

In style and format, this work clearly belongs to the series of ‘Cacti & Succulents’ shown at Roslyn Oxley9, May 1984, where it was evidently exhibited originally as ‘Neocummgii’ (cat.4; size given as 77 x 107), and later reproduced with that title and date in Spray.

However, when the work was auctioned at Sotheby’s in 2000 (and subsequently offered for sale through Melbourne website LookArt in 2002), the inscribed title and date, and dimensions, were listed as above.


  • Purchased from Tolarno Galleries ( Sotheby’s)
  • Auctioned by Sotheby’s, Melb., 2-3 May 2000, lot 105 (ill.; details as above)
  • Offered for sale via LookArt website (accessed 19/3/02: same details, but size given as 52.5 x 72.8)
  • Auctioned by Leonard Joel, Melb., 6 Sept.2016, lot 198: as The Stapelia Peduncle (aka Neocummgii) 1986, 53 x 72 cm, signed lower left (‘Howard Arkley’); ill.: est.$16-24,000; sold for $17,360 inc. B/P


  • HA Roslyn Oxley9, 5/84, cat.4 (as Neocummgii, 77 x 107)


  • Spray 72 (ill. as ‘Neocummgii’, 1984; 120 x 160)