Per William P. Hood Jr. in his superb book, 'Tiffany Silver Flatware 1845-1905 - When Dining Was an Art', the author writes: "Contrary to what commonly has been assumed, and even written, the design of this pattern - the modern Audubon - had nothing to do with the bird paintings of the great American naturalist, John James Audubon (1785-1851). It was, rather, derived from Oriental bird paintings and was the first American flatware pattern to incorporate Oriental-inspired design elements. It may have been the first worldwide to have multiple motifs."
The china was introduced much later, in 1990 and was discontinued in 2009.
Lovely, isn't it?